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Grade 5: New Knights, New Knights!

The Grade 5 students have officially become Graland royalty at the Knighting Ceremonies. Knighting has been a Graland tradition for 77 years, and it remains a rite of passage for Grade 5 students today. The students prepare for the formal ceremonies by learning about medieval life in their history classes, designing and painting their own shields using heraldic symbols to represent personal traits and characteristics that are important to them, and accomplishing tasks at home, such as helping out with meal time or doing extra chores without being asked, that teach them about selflessness and service. “At first, they balked at the duties we gave them to perform at home, but a lot of students really appreciated them in the end,” Mr. Mike Willis said. “It instills in them a heart of service and selflessness.” This intense preparation is important for the event, as it helps students learn that being a knight is more than just wearing armor: it’s about honor, respect, and sacrifice. “The kids take it very seriously,” Mr. Willis said. “When they attend the final ceremony, it’s a pretty solemn moment.” Long live the fifth graders! 

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.