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Brent was named Darlington's 11th head of school in 2014. With two decades of experience in education, he holds a B.A. in History from the University of Richmond and an M.S. in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to his work here, Brent was head of Upper School at Randolph School in Huntsville, Ala. He also served previously as assistant headmaster and dean of academic affairs at Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va., where he held the E. Craig Wall Family Mastership. He and his wife, Andrea, have three children, Charlie ('22), Jack ('24) and Brent ('26).

"This is Why" - The School Crest

6/1/2016 2:00:00 PM, 803 views

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School Crest with words.pdf (654.83 KB)

In early May, I had the opportunity to visit with our students in the Early Learning Academy through eighth grade and talk with them about the school crest. We noted first that everyday they wear the crest as part of their uniform, and we talked about what the symbols represent.


Our crest includes a lion, which represents courage; two shaking hands, which represents friendshipan open book with a torch, which represents scholarship; and a knight’s helmet, which represents honor.


I then asked each group of students what these words mean to them.

Here are the symbols of our school crest in the minds of our youngest students through fifth grade:




COURAGE

Being brave on the first day of school

Nervous but do it anyway

Trying stuff

Let’s do it

Bravery

Telling the truth
Kindness

Believe in yourself

Need it on a test

Need it when you do something scary

Need it when you go to college and leave your family

Going to a job


FRIENDSHIP

Pushing each other on the swing

Saying “I’m sorry”

Ask if a friend would like to play

Be fair

Playing with each other

Encourage

Make a new friend

Be helpful

Positive

Standing up for other people

Don’t bully people

Be happy and kind

Give hugs

Don’t lie

Cheer them up

Say good things

Share

Care for them

Give them ideas

No pressure

Take your time


SCHOLARSHIP

Thinking

Helping each other

Fun

Imagination

Never give up

Try again

Play

Better education

Choice

Better jobs

Intelligence

Knowledge

Passion for learning

Freedom to learn

Brighter future

Wisdom


HONOR
Honor Above Everything

Always doing the right thing even when no one is watching

Our motto, symbols

Integrity

Respecting people, putting everyone before yourself

Honesty

Chivalry

Truthful

Be nice

Loyalty

Being a leader

Good example

Doing what’s right




Click the link above to view a larger version of the school crest.

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