Drums, Dance and Soccer

By Marion Dear, Lower School Teacher

August 1, 2013

Determining student’s reading levels requires that they be comfortable discussing their thoughts and ideas. Shy kids seem to be at a disadvantage. I will work to build confidence and draw these kids out. The atmosphere at school is swelling to a fever pitch, as everyone gets ready for the graduation on Saturday. During lunch different groups practice dancing and I sure wish every Westtown third grader could see the rehearsals. Jeanine Osayande, who teaches Westtown 3rd graders African Dance, is truly warm and fuzzy compared to the instructors here. The kids look amazing as they move together, and I cannot wait to see their performance at the ceremony. Rehearsals involve lots of drumming, which permeates the campus all day. The end of each class period is announced by the sound of a talking drum, played by a boy named Vincent , who is proud to have this responsibility.

One of the strengths building at this school is a penchant for alumni to return as teachers. Kelvin Bondzie teaches science in the new high school. Emmanuel Arthur teaches in the alumni football Essiam 2_4summer school, as does Dennis Nyame. The school day ended early because of a Heritage varsity vs. alumni soccer (football) match in Essiam. As we left, the score was 2-2 and teams were gearing up for penalty kicks. The alumni team included a wrestler, Emmanuel Arthur (Westtown class of 2011), who held his own on the soccer field.

And today is Kwesi’s birthday. We will celebrate tonight with Fanta orange soda. Shhhhhh!

About Westtown School

Westtown School is a Pre-K through 12th grade Quaker, coed, college preparatory day and boarding school in West Chester, PA.
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