After a very structured school week, weekends are a time to relax, catch up on sleep, socialize, go into town for a run to Dollar General or a meal at McDonald’s, take a long walk through the fields of the Back Two, work on more in-depth homework projects, and reconnect with friends and family back home.
In addition, each weekend has some activities designed to unite the Olney community. Sunday lunches often feature traditional “Sunday dinner” menus. Think: turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and ice cream for dessert. On Sunday evenings, the girls and boys dorm communities gather after study hall for meetings for worship and parlor meetings.
Some weekends, all students are required to be on campus. Other weekends, students may travel home or elsewhere with their parents’ permission and in the care of an adult.
Large all-school weekends include:
- Two bonding/camping weekends in late August and early September
- Parents Weekend/Pumpkin Festival in late September
- Homecoming in October
- Room Change Weekend in January
- Senior Social and Commencement Weekends in late May and early June.
Most weekends are less jam-packed than this!, but they still include all-community events. There is typically one mandatory activity each weekend – a speaker, a performance, or a student-planned event such as a dance, a haunted house, a specially-prepared meal for Chinese New Year, or a game of Capture the Flag, to name just a few recent examples. Students meet in advisory groups with their academic advisors to plan some of these activities each spring.