Tatnall’s Lower School prides itself on instilling essential human qualities in their students’ everyday character through their daily routines, cherished programs, and cross-curricular activities. The Lower School provides these lessons through our Daisy Values. The daisy is a longstanding Tatnall symbol. Like a daisy, a child will thrive, blossom, and add grace to the earth when grown in a nurturing environment. The principles the daisy represents are compassion, integrity, honesty, perseverance, sportsmanship, respect, and cooperation. Every day, the Lower School is reminded of the shared commitment to nurture these fundamental ideals in one another. These qualities allow us to be responsible citizens, caring friends, and lifelong learners. Highlighting these human qualities within the curriculum and through words and actions support Tatnall’s mission and motto, Omnia in Caritate, or All Things in Love.
A tradition since Tatnall was founded in 1930, Lower School students start each day with Opening Exercises, building a strong sense of community throughout the entire student body. With the opportunity to practice public speaking to an audience of peers, families, and faculty, each Lower School student has the chance to lead Opening Exercises and deliver a reading relating to our Daisy Values.
The holiday season would not be complete without the Lower School’s annual Holiday Concert. With an event featuring seasonal music and dance, the students are encouraged to explore their musical talents in front of a large audience of friends, family, and faculty.
As one of the core traditions of Tatnall since 1940, May Day offers Lower School students the chance to showcase their musical talents in a production-styled event. The students are responsible for presenting a spectacular production of song and dance to the entire Tatnall community. In addition to the many fun, contemporary dances performed, the third grade performs a traditional English Maypole dance.
In the spirit of healthy competition and the incorporation of the Lower School’s Daisy Values, Field Day is held each spring to highlight students’ athleticism and skills learned in their physical education classes, as well as inspire fearless fun. Cheering on their fellow classmates, educating about sportsmanship, and learning how to win or lose with grace and dignity are all part of this annual tradition.
Fourth Grade Campout
Fourth graders, the "seniors" of the Lower School, look forward to the annual Fourth Grade Campout. This team building and bonding experience takes advantage of the beauty and amenities Tatnall’s campus offers, while encouraging our almost-Middle Schoolers to practice their maturity and autonomy with problem solving tasks and getting out of their comfort zone.