Last week marked the first week of High School for Santa Fe Waldorf School, which is also known as the Fall Colloquium Week. Colloquium week is meant to help the students transition from summer into the rigors of the academic year, and this year's colloquium - packed with adventures - was a great success. The week's theme was Jurassic Park, based off the school-wide assigned summer reading of the internationally known novel by Michael Crichton. Following Main Lessons, the students enjoyed a series of different Jurassic Park- themed activities.
On Tuesday morning, students reunited and mingled over Ms. Colgate's homemade cornbread and hot cocoa, followed by dinosaur-themed games. They then welcomed a fascinating presentation, "Chaos Theory & Jurassic Park", by guest speaker and Santa Fe Institute scientist Justin Yeakel. Discussion groups led by the senior class followed, as well as chapbook making and apple-grafting workshops. On Wednesday, the entire school paid a visit to the Natural History Museum in Albuquerque, during which they saw a 3D show of "Walking with Dinosaurs" at the DynaTheater and had lunch at the Learning Garden.
Thursday saw students combing the Santa Fe Ski Area for local versions of the T-Rex and related critters, the King Bolete Mushroom and its minions. Friday brought the movie screening of none other than the blockbuster film, Jurassic Park. Through it all, the high school community got to know each other better and gathered again as a community of students and faculty.