Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

January 2012

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter January 2012


The Nobles School History Project by Bob Henderson, Head of School

The philosopher/critic George Santayana once wrote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." As a history teacher, I have often asked my students to consider and challenge this assertion, yet I do believe revisiting our heritage allows us to remember and affirm what has sustained us and to avoid the encumbrances that once impeded us.

As Noble and Greenough School approached its centennial celebration in 1966, one of the truly remarkable figures ever to grace this campus, Richard Flood Sr. ’23, undertook to write the first comprehensive history of the school.


A New Year’s Resolution for Parents by Ben Snyder, Head of Upper School

The "new year" for a career educator begins with the arrival of students and faculty in late summer. Each year one of my goals is to find something to challenge me in new ways—and over the years Nobles has presented myriad opportunities for that. This year, however, something quite unusual happened for me.

In September, Dan Halperin asked the faculty to let him know if any of us were interested in playing adult roles in Romeo and Juliet. Sarah and I wrote back to say that though we had some trepidation, we’d be up for a small part. Dan gave us the roles of the Montagues, Romeo’s parents.


Cleaning out the Drawer by Bill Bussey, Provost

I’ll spare you the details, but over the summer, and to my soul-searching horror, I found out that my youngest daughter was watching World Wrestling Entertainment on the sly. So I trumped her, and against all reason, took her to a packed Garden to see it live and up close. While I will never get those three and a half hours back, here’s something that floored me and, given my preconceived notions, left me more than a little contrite: The folks cheering on the body slams and choke holds were far more thoughtful and well-behaved than any crowd that I have encountered at any professional sporting event.

From the PA Co-Chairs

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a relaxing break.  Fri. evening, Jan. 6, is the annual Nobles/Cotting School basketball game, being held  this year at the Cotting School.


Class Notes

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Class Deans' Corner

Class I Deans' Report


From Community Service: Two Important Service Events Coming Soon!

During the week of Jan. 8-12, at both the MAC and First Parish Church of Dedham (across from the courthouse) donation centers will be set up for Cradles to Crayons ( We are hoping to collect children's toys, athletic equipment, school supplies and clothing in good condition for this wonderful Boston charity.


Frozen Fenway: Nobles vs. Milton

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On Wed., Jan. 4, Nobles fans will head to historic Fenway Park in Boston to watch the boys' varsity ice hockey team take on Milton Academy during the Winter Classic. Check for updates from the game, and make sure to follow @NoblesAthletics on Twitter for up-to-the-minute score updates, plays and highlights.

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From the Foster Gallery

Opening Mon., Jan. 9, "A Girl and Her Room: Photographs by Rania Matar." This exhibition features selections from an ongoing body of work by photographer and Nobles parent Rania Matar in which she collaborated with girls from both the United States and the Middle East to make photographs that depict the girls in their bedrooms.

In her own words, “This project is about teenage girls and young women at a transitional time of their lives, alone in the privacy of their own personal space and surroundings: their bedroom, a womb within the outside world.”

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From the Nobles Theatre Collective

Greetings from the Nobles Theatre Collective (NTC). We hope you had a wonderful holiday and relaxing winter break and wish you a very happy new year. The winter months are a very busy time for the NTC, so please mark the following dates on your calendars.

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