Each grade, 7-12, has a group of staff members called sponsors who help students to plan class activities. A lot of planning and organization goes into sponsoring a class and usually sponsors stay with that class through graduation. Near the end of our first year here, we attached ourselves to the fine class of 2016.
In 9th grade, classes begin fund-raising activities to cover the cost of their senior class trip. Freshmen sell snack concessions during movie nights, Sophomores sell Valentines and put on a restaurant for staff, Juniors and Seniors sell breakfast and lunch concessions at major sports tournaments.
In addition to this, most of their Junior year is spent designing and planning a Banquet in honor of the Seniors. The Jr/Sr Banquet, called “BQ” around here, is one of many unique RVA traditions. The Juniors pick a theme for BQ and based on that theme, they design an elaborate set & table decorations, prepare a five course meal, write and star in a play and perform live entertainment for the senior class and their sponsors. It takes 4-6 months of planning, an immense amount of coordination and is a ton of work for both the juniors and their sponsors.
All of the planning and coordination for this event comes together during mid-term weekend, when, instead of retreating for a long weekend break, our juniors, along with many of their parents, descend upon this campus in order to build Banquet.
Last weekend (mid-term) we had 79 junior students, 90 parents, and 10 sponsors take on this feat. For three days, we hammered, drilled, constructed, paper-mached and painted, while others cooked, sewed, hot-glued, acted, and sang. It was non-stop.
Last night, we reaped the rewards of our hard work. We got all dressed up, processed at dusk through a lantern-lit path to the cheers of underclassmen & staff, and enjoyed an extensive dinner theater along with the seniors and their sponsors.
Our theme? Narnia!
Come along & see what BQ is all about:
What a joy and a privilege to be part of this tradition here at RVA!