Top Ten Covenant Traditions
1. Opening Convocation
Held each September, Opening Convocation is an all-school assembly intended to create a sense of academic community and common purpose as the year begins. According to tradition, kindergartners enter the room hand-in-hand with two seniors, signifying the beginning and the culmination of a Covenant education.
A two-day, overnight, annual retreat each September allows Upper School students to grow in community and discuss topics of leadership, relationships, and spiritual life. Located in the Shenandoah Valley, the Rockbridge retreat facility offers tranquil beauty, high adventure, and warm hospitality to Covenant students, faculty, and staff.
3. Watermarks Camp
A special retreat for Grades 5 and 6, Watermarks Camp is a day full of team-building activities and small group discussion around spiritual life. As leaders of the Lower School, fifth and sixth graders set the tone for the year ahead while enjoying the late summer sun at Watermarks Camp.
4. Fall Fest
An event sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Community, Fall Fest is a longtime Covenant tradition typically aligning with the Homecoming football game. Covenant families and alumni gather at the Upper School campus for this free event, enjoying festival games, an Eagles Spirit Contest, and cheering on the Eagles!
5. B is for Bethlehem
A special moment for Covenant kindergartners, B is for Bethlehem is a beloved event for young and old. In Christmas pageant attire, kindergartners recite the joys of Christmas using the letters of the alphabet in a tradition that has continued for twenty years.
6. House Installation Ceremony
Each spring, sixth graders are invited to attend the Upper School House Day where they reveal their House assignment to older classmates. The new House Leadership team also becomes installed at this special ceremony.
7. Big Sister/Little Sister
A heartwarming and thoughtful middle school program, each seventh grade girl is paired with an eighth grade “big sister” to help our youngest Upper School students make a smooth transition to their new campus. Special events are planned throughout the year including a Big Sister Reveal, St. Nicholas Celebration, Valentine Cookie Exchange, and Spring Luncheon.
8. College Reveal Day
In conjunction with National College Decision Day, Covenant seniors celebrate College Reveal Day on May 1. Students gather in the College Advising Office and pin their decided college location on a map, then don a shirt from their new alma mater.
9. Rock Ceremony
A culminating Lower School grade-level event, the Rock Ceremony is an opportunity for teachers to affirm each student with a Bible verse written on a smooth rock for them to keep. Verses are individualized for each student and represent their God-given gifts and talents. This ceremony is inspired by the verses in Joshua 4: 6-7 which says,“We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future, your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you can tell them.”
10. Senior Dessert
Senior Dessert is a heartfelt evening held during the week leading up to graduation. Each senior receives a tribute from a faculty member who has taught them during their years at Covenant. Senior awards are given and House pins are presented to graduates. Students who attend The Covenant School from Kindergarten through Grade 12 are installed into the Swingset Club during Senior Dessert.
Live Nativity: Held on the front lawn of the Lower School each December, this Parent-Teacher Community event is open to the public
Winter Extravaganza: A middle school evening filled with snow tubing, bowling, and a talent show
Lower School Talent Show: Held each spring, the Lower School talent show brings out the gifts and wacky talents of our Lower School students