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Four schools gather for annual Noëls

The Class of 2013 closes Noëls by singing Notre Dame, the class's traditional carol. EMILY SEELEY | The Broadview

The Class of 2013 closes Noëls by singing Notre Dame, the class's traditional carol. EMILY SEELEY | The Broadview

The Class of 2013 closes Noëls by singing Notre Dame, the class's traditional carol. EMILY SEELEY | The Broadview

The Class of 2013 closes Noëls by singing Notre Dame, the class's traditional carol. EMILY SEELEY | The Broadview


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The four Schools of the Sacred Heart neatly organize themselves by grade or language they are studying, sitting on the floor of the Herbert Center gymnasium for the annual Christmas Noëls this morning.
The tradition dates from the Jackson Street campus and began under Mother Madeline Rode, RSCJ, as a gift from the children to the head of the school. The tradition is unique to the San Francisco Sacred Heart Schools, according to interim head of school Mary Forsyth.
“This year made me feel a little sad because I have been here for such a long time,” senior Elizabeth Burkett, who also attended CES, said. “I’ve had Noëls so many times ,but it was my last one. I got to see teachers who in the past taught me those same songs.”
Each grade sings a unique song in French, Spanish, Latin or Mandarin. Convent Senior Class always concludes Noëls with Noël de Notre-Dame.
Noël first timer, president Ann Marie Krejcarek, asked  the students questionsabout Noël and called on the elementary school kids eagerly and silently raising their hands.
“I loved the spirit and tradition around Noëls and if I were a student the experience would definitely leave a positive lingering memory,” Krejcarek said.
Krejcarek took time after Noëls to talk to the students about the meaning behind the tradition.
Ali“I try to put myself into the students ages and think first about the earliest learners and what they can take,” Krejcarek said. “My hope was to bring attention to the broader reason of why we come together as a school. I hope students left with that feeling and felt sense of connection.”

Alice Jones
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Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek chats with the CES primary girls about the tradition of Noëls. EMILY SEELEY | The Broadview

Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek chats with the CES primary girls about the tradition of Noëls. EMILY SEELEY | The Broadview

The students of the four Schools of the Sacred Heart neatly organized themselves by grade or language they are studying, sitting on the floor of the Herbert Center gymnasium for the annual Christmas Noëls this morning.

The tradition dates from the Jackson Street campus and began under Mother Madeline Rode, RSCJ, as a gift from the children to the head of the school. The tradition is unique to the San Francisco Sacred Heart Schools, according to interim head of school Mary Forsyth.

“This year made me feel a little sad because I have been here for such a long time,” senior Elizabeth Burkett, who also attended Convent Elementary, said. “I’ve had Noëls so many times, but this was my last one. I got to see teachers who in the past taught me those same songs.”

Latin students sing "Gaudeamus Igitur" at the annual Noëls. EMILY SEELEY | The Broadview

Latin students sing "Gaudeamus Igitur" at the annual Noëls. EMILY SEELEY | The Broadview

Each grade sings a unique song in French, Spanish, Latin or Mandarin. The Convent High School Senior Class always concludes Noëls with “Noël de Notre-Dame.”

“I loved the spirit and tradition around Noëls and if I were a student the experience would definitely leave a positive lingering memory,” Noël first-timer president Ann Marie Krejcarek said.

Krejcarek took time after Noëls to talk to the students about the meaning behind the tradition, calling on the elementary school kids eagerly, but silently, raising their hands.

“I try to put myself into the students ages and think first about the earliest learners and what they can take,” Krejcarek said. “My hope was to bring attention to the broader reason of why we come together as a school. I hope students left with that feeling and felt sense of connection.”

The Class of 2013 closes Noëls by singing Notre Dame, the class's traditional carol. EMILY SEELEY | The Broadview

The Class of 2013 closes Noëls by singing Notre Dame, the class's traditional carol. EMILY SEELEY | The Broadview

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