Thanksgiving Celebrations

24 November 2023

Thursday 23 November marked the American celebration of Thanksgiving. A holiday which has been celebrated since the 1600s, it is a time to come together with friends and family and share gratitude for all we have to be thankful for in our lives. Stowe is home to approximately 25 American and Canadian pupils and Staff, and this time of year can be challenging for them as they are so far from their loved ones.  

The International Society held a Thanksgiving Dinner to ensure they could come together as a community and celebrate with other North American Stoics. The catering department laid on a feast of roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes and vegetables.  

This was followed by a Thanksgiving themed quiz which had been put together by the Upper Sixth International Prefects - Natalie Nylaende (Queen’s), Daniel Flames (Cobham), Arin Chatswun (Grenville) and Molly Muhoho (Nugent). The quiz was won by Clara Yatsevich (Third Form, Queen’s) who saw her knowledge rewarded with American candy! The Harvard Graduates, Felix Bulwa and Vanesa Perea, also gave a short speech at this time, explaining the importance of the event and why having a gratitude attitude is so important for one’s wellbeing. This was followed by all attendees sharing what they are grateful for, which is one of the key traditions of a Thanksgiving meal.  

The night finished with a desert of sticky toffee pudding and ice cream, which brought an end to the festivities in a delicious manner. It was excellent to see our North American Stoics enjoy the company of one another, and this is mostly due to the hard work of the International Prefects. We look forward to the next celebration led by the International Society in the New Year!