Long-standing traditions, such as the annual speech and poetry recitation contests, promote the confidence and leadership that come with creative expression and public speaking.
Michael Lopes Poetry Recitation Contest
Each spring students at Harvey are required to memorize and recite a poem for their English class for entry into the Poetry Recitation Contest, an annual competition that helps develop an appreciation for poetry throughout the school. Several students are selected from each class to compete in the semifinals of the competition judged by the English faculty. The final competition, which is presented before the entire school, includes the works of many budding poets and makes for an exciting event. The judges -- selected from the local and Harvey communities -- add additional flavor as well.
Wells Speech Contest
Each year the English department sponsors a school-wide speech contest that begins with every student choosing a topic and presenting a five-minute speech before his or her English class. Based on the quality of the speech’s content, form and presentation, two or three students are chosen from each class to progress to the semifinal competition. During that round, students make their final presentations before the entire English faculty, who select approximately 15 speakers for the final round. The culmination of the contest is a formal event held before the entire school, as well as family and guests. Outside judges choose a Middle and Upper School winner. The recipients of these awards have their names inscribed on the Wells Speech Cup and are given special recognition at the end of the school year.
Each December -- just before winter break -- members of the choral groups come together and present a series of holiday songs to the community of fellow students, parents, faculty and often alums.
Every March, the founding of The Harvey School is celebrated on the day of The Michael Lopes Poetry Recitation Contest in the company of the students, faculty and staff. Tradition calls for the Head of School to cut the cake and give the first pieces to the youngest male and female students from the Middle School.
Neperan & Pocantico
In the early days at Harvey, when the school was an all-boys preparatory boarding school, the student body was divided into two teams, the navy blue Pocanticos and the maroon Neperans. The boys competed for bragging rights through a combination of athletic, academic and artistic endeavors. The competition continues today in the Middle School where every student is assigned to a team upon admission.There are several games throughout the year to celebrate this long-standing tradition at The Harvey School.