Friday, December 1, 2017

Choate Dining Hall

Photos by Salt Water New England


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  1. Those little pats of butter stick well to the ceiling.

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  2. Flowers in a Revere bowl. Bet that doesn't happen anymore!

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  3. A prep school insider once told me "there are really only three prep schools; Andover, Exeter and St Paul's." Many of the others he said "are in the lodging business."

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    1. Gotta love that pomposity

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    2. True for "Tiger Moms" no doubt.

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  4. Nice pictures! Every time I see the name Choate the first thing who I think is "Jack Kennedy!"

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  5. Two of our children currently attend boarding schools and one was graduated two years ago. Sadly, the custom of the faculty lunching and dining with the students no longer exists at their schools nor at the score of other schools we toured. I remember that sharing meals with faculty was an invaluable aspect of my own boarding school experience.

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    1. The first time I was a 'server' as a lowly third former I spilled an entire jug of ice water in the headmaster's lap. His wife at the other end of the table laughed and called me 'my clever waterboy' ever after. In such ways are reputations made in boarding schools. Not altogether a bad thing.

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  6. I was wondering if faculty still ate with students? Before I retired I often did, but the younger teachers grouped together at a single table, so I saw the " handwriting on the wall."

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  7. My daughter recently started teaching at a private day school in CT. The students and faculty dine together during lunch- teachers rotate on a set schedule between tables to "meet and greet and eat" with students in their respective grades. It fosters great bonding and coversational social skills- not to mention that she learns quite a bit about the "kids" by their comments :) !

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    1. Speaking of manners, at the day school our children attended our middle daughter started a lunchtime 'manners table' after she came across an old etiquette book that her grandmother gave her, more or less as an amusement. Students were thirsty for knowledge about how to behave at mealtimes and it was a lot of fun for them. She made up multiple choice 'tests' for all to answer, each question with one silly and obviously wrong choice, i.e., "Always use your napkin to blow your nose before leaving the table. It's considered a sign you enjoyed the meal."

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