Derryfield is excited to announce an array of domestic and international opportunities for our middle and upper school students for the 2017-2018 year. The deadline for all program registrations and financial aid applications is October 13. Limited financial assistance is available and we encourage families to apply using the financial aid application.
Trip Leader(s): Becky Barsi and other faculty from the Creative Arts Department
In partnership with Firebird Fine Arts Tours, and led by Derryfield Creative Arts faculty, this unique ten day trip offers students the chance to explore and experience the arts of London, England. Highlights from this immersive experience will include hands-on workshops at Oxford University and the Globe Theatre, tours of the Tate Modern and National Gallery, as well as historical sites such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London. The group will also attend evening performances at the National Theatre or Royal Opera House, as well as a Choral Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Of course, no trip to England would be complete without a trip to a historic Tudor palace, a stop at King’s Cross Platform 9 ¾, and some tea and crumpets along the way!
Grades: 9-12 Dates: March 17 - 28, 2018 Cost Estimate: $4600 - $4800 Trip Leader(s): Russ Coward and Michele Leclerc
Friend and tennis coach of The Derryfield School, Vietnam veteran and retired teacher and writer, Russ Coward, will lead this trip in cooperation with Peace Works Travel. Students will visit the northern and southern parts of Vietnam learning about the country’s history, encouraging discovery of the diverse perspectives of the Vietnam War. The group will meet local high school and college students. They will spend time in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and Hanoi, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, and learn about the culture along the the Mekong River.
Grades: 9-12 Dates: March 18-24,2018 Cost Estimate: $2300 - $2500 Trip Leader(s): Ben Dougherty and Diane Hotten-Somers
Eleuthera, our destination for the week, is an island in the Bahamas 50 miles east of Nassau. We will be visiting The Island School and the School’s partner organization, the Cape Eleuthera Institute; where students will participate in a week-long program learning about marine ecology and environmental issues. Derryfield students will be involved in experiential activities on land and in the water; participate in marine ecology/wildlife research, build team and leadership skills; and, of course, enjoy the beautiful seaside setting and weather.
Grades: 9 - 10 Dates: January-February 2018, mid July - late August 2018 Cost Estimate: Airfare, miscellaneous expenses and spending money
The Derryfield School has developed partnerships with the Durban Girls' College, a girls' high school in Durban, South Africa, and Wynberg Boys' School in Cape Town, South Africa. Two of our ninth/tenth grade boys and girls will have the opportunity to attend these schools and live with a host family for four to six weeks next summer. In exchange, the Derryfield students participating in this program will host a student from the South African schools for six weeks during the Winter 2018 term in New Hampshire.
Grades: 9-12 Dates: March 17 - 28, 2018 Cost Estimate: $1000 - $1200 Trip Leader(s): Susan Grodman, Kate DiTullio and others to be announced
Entering our twelfth year of Habitat for Humanity service, Derryfield students and chaperones will travel to North Carolina by charter bus to work with the Forsyth County Habitat for Humanity chapter. The group will spend a week in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, building homes alongside construction staff and local volunteers. Aside from working hard and learning new skills, students will come home with a sense of satisfaction and appreciation for the need for affordable housing for working families.
For the fourth time, Derryfield will be working with the non-profit organization Outreach 360, to provide our Middle School students with a meaningful service and cultural experience in the Dominican Republic. The focus of Outreach 360 is as follows: ”Our vision is a transformed world in which every child is able to pursue a college degree or to be gainfully employed upon reaching adulthood, enabling them to live a life of choice.” (from Outreach360.org) Students and faculty stay in secure and clean dormitory facilities. Students, who will help teach English in local schools, are provided with materials and lesson plans for their teaching; and will prepare before going into the classroom each day. There will also be time to visit local sights and go to the beach. Proficiency in Spanish is not required for this trip, but there will be plenty of opportunities to speak Spanish for those who wish to do so.
This four-day program in our nation’s capital will introduce middle school students to a wide variety of experiences. Our group will fly to DC the morning of March 19 and return the evening of the March 22, staying at a hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Highlights of this trip include tours of the Capitol and White House, as well as visits to the Smithsonian Institution, the Newseum, and the Holocaust Museum.
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.