By Stewart Pouring ’25
The weekend of October 29th was Third and Fourth form parent’s weekend. During this, our
third and fourth formers parents came to Woodberry to enjoy the best of what Woodberry has to
offer. They were able to watch musical performances by the pipe band and the string ensemble on
Friday, watch plenty of sports games, and third formers as well as other new boys got their black
ties cut marking their transition from new to old students at Woodberry.
First of all, parents watched stellar performances from the string ensemble, the pipe band,
and the band. The pipe band played “The Day Thou Gavest, Lord Has Ended” followed by
Woodberry’s own “Amici”, and then they finished with “Woodberry Forest School.” The string
ensemble played “Voyager” and the band played “Rejoice.” The fruits of each musical group’s
hard labor came to full fruition as all parents thoroughly enjoyed each and every performance.
During both days of parent’s weekend, there were many sports games that parents
could’ve watched. This included varsity cross country, junior varsity football, and varsity soccer
on Friday, and on Saturday, varsity football and mountain biking played. We had some wins and
some losses but as long as Woodberry athletes played their hardest it’s a win in our book.
Finally, the main event of parent’s weekend, the tie-cutting was on Saturday morning, where the cheerleaders cut their black ties in half, to be replaced by ties with orange and black stripes. However, if it were
that simplistic it’d be no fun, new boys first have to go through a challenge in order for their ties
to be cut. Some of these challenges were swimming in one of Woodberry’s ponds in chapel
attire, singing the “I’m a little teapot” song in front of every new boy parent, or asking for a
random parent selected from the crowd’s hand in marriage.
There were many exciting events last weekend all of which are the walk of life for a
Woodberry boy. First, getting your tie cut, then performing in a musical performance, and finally
playing in one of your sports games. All of which, parents got to see and experience for
themselves last weekend.