What is Project Pomfret?

16_Lohbusch_Breanaby Breana Lohbusch ’16

A few people have been asking or were asked “What is Project: Pomfret?” Some managed to muster up a decent answer, while others were speechless.  Yet in truth, there is no answer.  We are still figuring out what project Pomfret is.

In the project In Their Own Words, our focus is to discover and document what Project: Pomfret is. As we explore the 29 projects, including our own, we incorporate what we have learned about the media into our report on Project: Pomfret.  Although we are still in the early stages of our project, we have already begun to plan our final product.  We have interviewed students and faculty, accompanied other projects on their field trips and gone on our own trips, taking photos and preparing articles.  Guest speaker Marc Allard, from The Norwich Bulletin, shared with us what it means to be in media and how to write with spin when reporting.

Other projects have been given amazing opportunities to work with people outside of Pomfret such as visiting MIT, teaching children at Rectory School, going to a dairy farm, going to a radio station and many other off-campus experiences.

What do we learn from Project Pomfret?
We learn how to work collaboratively, think critically, and creatively. Project: Pomfret allows us to learn about something we are truly interested in rather than something we are required to learn.

What do students think about Project Pomfret?
“I enjoy it, currently I love it.”
“It is more beneficial than sitting in a class room all day.”
“It is better than going to classes.”
“It helps us do our best work because we are only focusing on one subject, like in college”
“It is interesting.”
“It prepares us for the real world.”
“Is a good change from exams”
“A nice break from tradition”
“It broadens our horizons.”

Overall Project: Pomfret is a unique experience and it is a privilege to be a part of it.  So,

What is Project Pomfret?
A new experience, an opportunity, a good transition between fall and winter term, and yet another reason I love Pomfret School.

Visit the Project: Pomfret webpage for details on this new initiative at Pomfret School.

About Pomfret School

Founded in 1894, Pomfret is an independent co-educational college preparatory boarding and day school for 350 students in grades 9 through 12 and postgraduate, located on a scenic 500 acre campus in Northeastern Connecticut.
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