Stuart’s community enjoys many rich traditions. Some are steeped in the Sacred Heart experience and are universal to all Network schools. Others are particular to Stuart itself. Many echo the philosophy of the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria. At Stuart, students and faculty learn, love and laugh together and have a pride in their school that comes through in the celebration of these events.
Day of Service
Central to the mission and identity of all Sacred Heart schools is a commitment to serve others as Goal Three calls Sacred Heart students to “a social awareness which impels to action.” Each school year begins with the Stuart community coming together in the spirit of Goal 3 (A social awareness which impels to action) and Goal 4 (Building community as a Christian value) to engage in a service project for NJ communities in need.
Students and parents are given opportunities to engage in service as a community through the year. Another special tradition is the food drive and amenity pack collection for Loaves and Fishes in Trenton.
Goal 3 Day
The National Center for Girls’ Leadership at Stuart is charged with delivering Stuart Country Day School’s mission to “prepare girls for lives of exceptional leadership and service.” Therefore, it is in service both to the mission of the Sacred Heart, and the mission of Stuart as an institution, that we support and sustain a cross-divisional, student-led, service learning program.
Goal 3 Days have been a tradition in each division at Stuart for a number of years. It is a time when we pause from our daily lives and actively think about the needs of our greater community. We reflect on why there might be suffering in the world and who is affected, and then we do something about it!
Each September, Stuart honors the rich international diversity of our community in our annual Flag Ceremony. First and second generation students, faculty, and staff, representing over 40 countries participate in this truly exquisite and uniquely Stuart tradition. It serves as a powerful reminder that different nations can live and work together in peace and harmony.
Green & White Day
Green and White Day is a time for students and faculty to don their green or white shirts and enjoy an afternoon of healthy competition designed to build unity and school spirit. Green & White Day has been a tradition at Stuart for many years, which means that children of alumnae continue their mothers' legacies as members of the same team.
Junior Ring Ceremony
Held mid-year, the Junior Ring Ceremony is the most memorable event for Upper School students. In a candlelight ceremony, junior students are presented with their school rings by their senior sisters. Alums who are sisters or parents of current juniors are invited to be part of the processional. Junior Ring Ceremony is undoubtedly one of the most cherished traditions of the year.
Each year in April a prominent author visits Stuart for a full day to share their expertise on the craft of writing with students of all age, grades kindergarten through 12. With months put into the planning, the result is a truly unique and magical day. Visiting Authors have included Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon (2009), best-selling novelist Jonathan Safran Foer (2010), and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri (2011).
Women We Admire
Women We Admire Day is a signature experience in the Lower School at Stuart celebrated during Women's History Month each year. Students prepare well in advance by researching a woman either from history or present day, and their hard work culminates on Women We Admire Day when they share their findings and accomplishments in a "Talking Museum." The day begins with Opening Ceremonies, followed by breakout centers for women in sports, STEM, arts, theology, leadership, literature and media, and Stuart alumnae return to speak with the girls about careers in a wide range of fields.