Rectory School

An Independent, Coed, Junior Boarding (5-9) and Day School (Early Childhood-9)

Weekends at Rectory School

Weekends at Rectory School are filled with fun activities and time to relax and have a fun junior boarding school experience. Students sign up for trips and activities early each week, so they know exactly what is offered for the weekend. Students are offered a variety of different options for the weekend. They can choose to participate in a structured athletic contest, such as Basketball Tournaments, World Cup Soccer matches, and Dodgeball! Students can also take part in more individualized fitness activities such as playing in the gym, hiking, or mountain biking.

Students playing on the Seaward Pavilion at Rectory School for a First Friday event.

In addition to the numerous activities both on and off campus, weekends include Sunday morning study hall for all students on campus, Chapel at Christ Church, and a dorm activity run by each dorm parent to create a home-like environment for each student.

Examples of Weekend Activities

Students are encouraged to recommend weekend activities that they are interested in. The Director of Student Activities makes every effort to offer activities that students request, assuming there is ample interest from other students.

Friday Night Activities

Friday nights are special at Rectory. After concentrating on studies and sports for the week, Friday night activities help gently transition students into the weekend.  

First Fridays
On the First Friday of every month school is in session, middle school day students are invited to stay on campus with their boarding friends and enjoy First Friday activities. Day students are assigned to a dorm, which they check in at after sports, and join the boarding community for social time, dinner, and fun on-campus activities. Here are examples of First Friday events:

  • Faculty vs. 9th-Grade Soccer Tournament
  • Carnivals
  • Outdoor Movies
  • Humans vs. Zombies
  • Holiday Fun 

Dorm Activities
Several times a month, dorms participate in dorm activities that replicate something you might do at home with your family. Living on a dorm is fun, but sometimes different interests and activities make it difficult for the family unit to spend time together; dorm activities provide these opportunities to be together as a family and enjoy (tech-free) time together. Here are examples of some dorm activities:

  • Dinner and a Movie
  • Board Games
  • Craft Night
  • Pizza, Wings, and Sports
  • S'mores and Fire Pit

Based-on-Real-Events Movie Series
Life is interesting ... it can also be educational. The Based-On-Real-Events Movie Series combines education and entertainment and gives our students the opportunity to learn about something they may not have realized was very interesting. Here are examples of some movies that are based on real events:

  • Hidden Figures
  • Invincible
  • October Sky
  • Temple Grandin
  • Soul Surfer

Dorm Store Trips
Throughout the weekend, dorm parents will try to bring their students to a local store (Walmart, Target, etc.) so they can stock up on personal items and snacks they may need for the week. 

On-Campus Activities

There are always fun activities for students to participate in while remaining on campus. On-campus activities typically last for 90 minutes and can include:

Calhoun Gym, Fields, & Seaward Pavilion
The gym, fields, and/or pavilion are open for kids to play (or just hang out) during every activity period. We will always try to give kids a chance to play outside, so if it's nice weather, and not too dark, they will be outside in the fields or Seaward Pavilion. Faculty members often bring their dogs to play during outside activities. We have hiking and biking trails on campus, as well as ten (?) mountain bikes so kids can explore the trails with a faculty member. The gym will always be open during poor weather and for evening activities in the late fall, winter, and early spring. Occasionally, faculty members will also open the weight room during an activity period.

Rectory students are encouraged to cheer on their schoolmates during home games throughout the year. This option is especially popular when competing against our rival schools.

P.Y. & Kinmay Tang Performing Arts Center (Scripps Auditorium)
The Scripps Auditorium in the Tang Center is the center of many student activities. On-campus movies, Karaoke, open mic nights, and extra music practice are a few of the activities that take place in the Tang Center.

The Wolf Den Student Lounge
Designed to replicate a 50s-style diner, the Wolf Den is one of the most popular places on campus, despite being tech-free during activity periods. Featuring a snack bar and four-top tables, comfy chairs and couches, and a game room, students can sit and chat with friends, purchase items from the snack bar, and play board games. Two TVs give kids the option to watch shows, videos, or play video games. The game room has two foosball tables and a ping pong table. We even host an annual Magic: The Gathering tournament here!

Collins Art Barn
Some of our dorm parents are pretty crafty--and they share their talents by offering fun arts and crafts activities throughout the year. Painting, fun creations, and pumpkin carving are examples of some of the fun that happens in the Collins Art Barn on the weekends.  

Hettinger Library
The Hettinger Library is not always the quiet setting you might be envisioning. While students can check out a book and find a quiet nook in the library, they can also play board games, assemble puzzles, and watch movies and sporting events.

Dining Hall
With plenty of room to spread out, the dining hall is a great location for different activities including optional study halls, computer gaming, board games, and card games. 

At-Home Activities
Boarding and Day Faculty often host activities at their homes. Students are invited for dinner, to watch movies and sporting events, and to bake their favorite snacks. 


Off-Campus Activities

Rectory School is located in an area that provides great opportunities for students to participate in cultural, athletic, and fun activities on the weekends. Some off-campus activities include:


  • Boston Aquarium
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Save the Bay Aquarium

College Athletics

  • Holy Cross
  • Nichols College
  • UConn

Movie Theaters

  • AMC Theaters
  • Cinemagic
  • Mansfield Movieplex


  • CT Children's Museum
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Mystic Seaport
  • New Britain Museum of Modern Art
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • USS Nautilus
  • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
  • Worcester Art Museum

Performing Arts

  • Bradley Playhouse
  • Connecticut Repertory Theatre
  • Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts


  • 5K Road Races
  • 9th-Grade Trip to Boston
  • Apple Picking
  • Bowling
  • Car Show
  • Comic Book Store
  • Escape Room
  • Haunted House
  • Hiking (Mt. Monadnock & Purgatory Chasm)
  • Holiday Lights
  • Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt
  • Mall Trips
  • Mini Golf
  • Renaissance Faire
  • Roller Skating
  • Swimming at the YMCA
  • Trips to Town
  • Winter Sunday Ski Trips (8 weeks)

Special Events

Rectory hosts seasonal and special events throughout the school year, including:

  • Halloween Extravaganza
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Snowball Dinner Dance (Grades 7-9)
  • Snowball Dinner & Games (Grades 5-7)
  • 9th-Grade Luau

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