Lower School Koi Pond Dedication Goes Swimmingly

Students at the lower school gathered this morning for a small ceremony thanking the Clement family for their generosity to Norfolk Collegiate, ultimately allowing the school to construct a beautiful, educational koi pond in the lower school’s Outdoor Learning Lab.

“We’re so excited for the learning opportunity the koi pond creates for our lower school,” says lower school science teacher Melissa Silverman. “Children are able to go out into this natural setting to experience and learn from the living environment right in our backyard.”

Head of the Lower School Cleteus Smith spoke to students, faculty and the Clement family thanking them for the incredible gesture. Melissa then explained to everyone how the koi pond is naturally filtered through a man-made bog that sits directly above the pond, allowing the water to be filtered and returned through means of a natural aquaponics system.

The Clements’ daughters Bella and Sophia released two goldfish (aptly named Bella and Sophia), kindly donated by Ron Chupik, into the pond after the ceremony.

“There is no better learning than organic learning that sparks students’ natural curiosity. It’s a truly beautiful thing to behold,” Melissa said. “As an educator, I strive to fostering that curiosity and then gently lead the learning toward asking questions and absorbing information. I feel very fortunate and blessed to be given this amazing outdoor area for scientific discovery alongside my favorite young scientists!”