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Spring Traditions
Mayfield Junior School
of the Holy Child Jesus
Pasadena, CA

Our Traditions Ground Us

Whether an annual event or grade level project, we have many traditions at Mayfield. Each tradition has a story; each year it continues has special significance to those who participate. Some go back decades, some are recent additions, and some have faded away with change. The good-natured rivalry of Blue and White Day, the history behind the Nativity Play, and the lore of the sixth-grade elf project - all mark passage through the school year and provide a connection with the shared experience. Our traditions ground us.

In the spring, our community celebrates the arts. As in every Holy Child school, both the fine and performing arts are vital to our program and the cultivated confidence and expression of our students. This year is especially significant as the annual Art Show returns to the Smith Gymnasium, transforming the space into a glorious gallery of student skill and talent, and the 8th grade musical will once again fill the Hayden Performing Arts Center with joyful voices.

Both traditions are also significant in what they share and celebrate intrinsically. Walking through the Art Show past the kindergarten tile project, second-grade clay crosses, or seventh-grade landscapes, you witness growth as well as connection. The tradition in each art project is a grade-level milestone- older students reminisce while young students admire and anticipate their participation. The 8th-grade play is truly a culmination, bringing the first moments on stage for the Kindergarten Nativity play and the challenges of workshop productions in 5th or 7th grades together as students navigate a full musical production as both cast members and crew. It also symbolizes last moments - an acknowledgment that graduation is around the corner. For many who have been at Mayfield for nine years, the play offers a time to stop and soak it all in, fully appreciating their friends and experiences and recognizing the beginning of the end.

Our traditions ground us. Not because they happen but because they support the transition and growth in a K-8 setting, and because with each passing year the students who participate and share in them leave a little bit of themselves behind to help them evolve.