Welcome to the Headmaster's Blog where you'll find updates, thoughts, and events regarding Saint David's School, the education of boys, and other items of interest. This is by no means meant to be a complete account of all that happens at Saint David's. Please refer to the school's website for more complete details -- it's more a Headmaster's musings.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saint David's Alum Wins Big in Spain

Saint David's alum Tommy Robertshaw '10 wins big in Madrid, Spain and his film screens today. See release below:


Millenials’ narrative film explores sexuality, depression at New England boarding school

Middlebury, VT – August 26, 2016 – The Left Behindwritten by then-high school senior Tom Robertshaw and directed by Oliver Salk, will premiere at the 2016 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, a highly competitive film festival dedicated to rising talent in North America, this Saturday, August 27th at 10:30 AM.  

The Left Behind won best cinematography in a feature film during July’s Madrid International Film Festival, beating out 7 other films. Sam Wolff was the film’s director of photography. Wolff graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in May. Salk is a student at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, which ranked 3rd best in the nation this year. 

Middlebury College student Sebastian LaPointe stars in The Left Behind alongside Vienna Kaylan, Tennant Maxey and Carey Cannata.

“I could not be more proud of the entire team, who brought an unrivaled vision and brilliance to this project,” Salk said. “We are so honored to be featured among the top up-and-coming filmmakers in the nation.”

Set on the sprawling campus of a prestigious New England boarding school, “The Left Behind” closely follows the lives of John, Ismene, and Charlie as they fight to understand and reconcile the sudden and mysterious death of their best friend Finn. The 78-minute feature delves into Finn’s depression as a 17-year-old writer struggling with his sexuality and the allure of greatness. Robertshaw adapted the story from his play, “In the Land of Beulah,” which premiered at the Taft School in May of 2014.

Oliver Salk is the director of two feature films: The Left Behind and Higher EducationRaised in Connecticut, Salk attended The Taft School in Watertown, CT before enrolling at The University of Southern California to study film. His first feature film Higher Education was produced while he was enrolled at Taft, utilizing the campus and facilities for production. Salk also wrote and directed the short film Get out of the House in 2014.

Tom Robertshaw has been writing screenplays since he was 16. His first feature film, Higher Education, was the beginning of his creative partnership with Salk. Robertshaw is a lifelong New York City resident and sophomore at Williams College. 

For more information and trailer, please visit: http://middfilmfest.org/portfolio/the-left-behind/ 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Crane Pick

Saint David's closed 89th Street yesterday to pick several chiller units off a flat bed truck and lift them to the roof of Buildings 14 and 16.

Shown above is a view of the crane over the school with Central Park in the background. 

You might also notice in the bottom right of the photo the almost total demolition of the rear portion of Graham House almost to the ground floor. The stair and elevator core can be seen still intact running the vertical length of Building 16, as well as the facade of Graham still intact. All is on schedule. 

Below are a series of close up photographs of the chiller units being lowered into place. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Concrete Progress

Demolition of Graham House is moving along well, with completion on target for summer's end.

This aerial shot shows the imprint of the area that will encompass our new large, middle school regulation-size gymnasium.  The section marked 1 is the air shaft,  which we are filling in from the ground up.

The #2 arrow gives you an idea of the size of the gym, which will run nearly the length of the building from North to South. The width will span the entire rear portion of Graham House to the #3 arrow, which approximates the location of the fixed bleacher seating. It is exciting to imagine that this space will, in the not too distant future, be filled with the sounds and sights of our boys playing sports.

Additional photos of the ongoing work follow.