The Lamp

A Holderness School journal committed to critical reflection and fostering conversation around issues connected to independent schools and education in general.

A Journal Committed to Critical Reflection

Andy Herring, Assistant to the Head of School

The Lamp is our forum to share ideas, celebrate successes, and navigate the challenges fundamental to education.  The Lamp attests to our commitment to teaching and learning, generating critical reflection and innovative thinking.  Rising above demands and distractions, The Lamp lights the way and stokes our creative fires.  Fueled by curiosity and a devotion to lifelong learning, The Lamp reveals that the future of Holderness is truly bright.

"The juxtaposition of the lamp and motto indicate that a good purpose requires the aid of science and technique, remaining otherwise mere idealism; and wise that all the learning in the world is valueless without a purpose." Edric Weld

"The juxtaposition of the lamp and motto indicate that a good purpose requires the aid of science and technique, remaining otherwise mere idealism; and wise that all the learning in the world is valueless without a purpose." Edric Weld

But, why?  Why do we need The Lamp and why now? 

There is no better time in our school’s history for a reflective journal.  We have real ideas and real experiences that can benefit our school and the world of education and these  must be documented, shared, and discussed.  We are all contributors to a culture of inquiry and reflection that we work tirelessly to nurture – The Lamp makes it possible for our thoughts and reflections to be shared.

At the most basic level, a school is about people and the programs sustained by those people.  Holderness – and the most recent strategic plan – has made it abundantly clear that people and programs make the school.  The Holderness experience, of course, is defined by countless meaningful interactions, where the most significant lessons are learned not only in the classroom but also across athletic fields, common rooms, and hiking trails.

It is this deliberate and intense focus on people and programs that makes The Lamp all the more necessary.  Only we possess the power to organically move our school forward while staying true to our values and mission.  In this evolution of a better Holderness, The Lamp is both our sounding board and mirror by which we address, test, celebrate, and discuss our experiences.

Everyone can share ideas, challenges, and successes. Contributing to The Lamp is not meant to serve as another task or responsibility pinned to a long and still growing job description.  Instead, writing for The Lamp is voluntary, making the message of each article all the more authentic and meaningful.

After a storied twenty-year tenure as Head of School, Edric Weld, recalling the people who made Holderness so special,  penned a brief but powerful statement that could not be more true if written today –  “never have I known a group of the same size accomplish as much – or anywhere near as much – in so many fields of activity.  In an age of weariness and hopelessness on the part of so many, [the world] needs those who have a passion to create, and to attack new problems.  May the Holderness Bull continue to look out from Livermore Hall on those who add zest and life to the world.” 

We all have something to share.  We now have a forum.  Join the conversation.