After two months of eager anticipation and preparation, the WFM community gathered on Friday February 9th, 2018 in the P3 classroom to enjoy a fun-filled community evening celebrating the accomplishments of our talented students, watching the various student created videos focused on the theme of “What Makes WFM Great?”. The competition, introduced to students in December as the "About My School" video contest, was open to all students. Students in Toddler, Primary, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School submitted creative and artistic short videos describing what they love about their school, Waterfront Montessori!
During the evening, parents in attendance, as well as students, had the opportunity to vote for the Parents Choice and Kids Choice Awards. The evening’s excitement continued into the classrooms at WFM on Thursday February 15th as students in every level were able to watch all of the videos and then, students in Lower Elementary West, celebrated their 1st grade classmate, as the envelope revealed that she was the 2018 Kids Choice Award Recipient.
These videos, made their WFM debut at the Pink Tower Awards. This event, complete with a red carpet and photo opportunities, showcased not only all the student video submissions, but also highlighted a compilation of students singing with Ms. Cristina over the years, a live performance from the Upper Elementary students, and shout outs to our student authors on the release of their newest book. Award recipients received individual mini pink towers and a pink tower to proudly display in their classroom, designed and created by Mr. Dave and Mr. Craig. Awards included, the Best Picture for Lower School, the Best Picture for Upper School, the Maria Montessori Spirit Award, The Best Actress, The Life Long Learner Award, the Best Musical Performance and the Best Graphic Effects Award.
The idea of the Pink Tower Awards Night, originated in the school’s weekly Marketing meeting in the autumn as the Marketing team discussed ways to further highlight the school and its visibility in the community. Suggestions included a professional school video, testimonials by parents, students and alumni, and parent reviews on various websites. Founder and Head of School, Ms. Karen, noted that she was aware of a WFM student with his own YouTube channel who enjoys making videos. The idea then transpired into asking the WFM students to create a video if they were interested and submit it to the Pink Tower Board for review. The goal was simply that the activity be fun and also capture the energy and excitement of the school from our students' perspectives. The activity and Pink Tower evening did just that, in addition to being a terrific WFM community builder! Thanks to everyone who participated by attending and to everyone who submitted a video! Get excited for the 2019 Pink Tower Awards Evening and student video submission contest!
This blog written by our WSF-PR Wire Reporter Ms. Laura, Associate Head of School