Five Teams to Participate in Canterbury Day on November 9
Five athletic teams from The Gunnery and Canterbury will compete on Saturday, November 9, Canterbury Day. The annual event brings together athletic teams from the two schools in the spirit of competition, sportsmanship and camaraderie. The one-day event rotates between the two campuses each year. This year, Canterbury Day will be hosted by Canterbury at its New Milford campus. The following teams will participate:
12:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Field Hockey
1 p.m. Girls Varsity Soccer
1 p.m. Boys JV Soccer
1 p.m. Boys Varsity Soccer
1:45 p.m. Girls JV Field Hockey
These athletic contests will cap off a weeklong celebration of school spirit and Highlander Pride organized by the Prefects. Spirit Week features different themes each day along with a Pep Rally on Wednesday, November 6. The celebration also coincides with the debut of The Gunnery Drama Society’s fall play, “Backstage,” by Pat Cook, and the 2019 NEPSTA DIII Cross Country Championships, which The Gunnery will host on November 9 at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield. The regional meet is expected to draw about 400 runners from 30 independent high schools across New England.
Results from all of the Canterbury Day contests will count towards the yearlong competition to win The Gunnery-Canterbury Cup. One point is awarded to the winner of each head-to-head interscholastic athletic contest, regardless of level, between Canterbury and The Gunnery. Ties are worth half a point. At the end of the academic year, the school with the most points wins the cup. The Gunnery is currently in possession of the cup, and Director of Athletics Mike Marich has encouraged the Highlanders to do everything they can to keep it in Washington for another year.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.