The PBDA community loves to gather, and frequently. The Lower School Flag Assemblies are held once per month on our outdoor Flag Commons for students and grade-level parents. Each “Flag” creates an opportunity for the campus community to gather together on a sunny South Florida Friday morning to perform in front of the school, sing songs, celebrate birthdays, hear campus announcements, and promise to remain “challenged to excel, empowered to act, and prepared to lead.”
Meanwhile, the Upper School student community comes together every Monday and Friday morning in the Smith Family Theater for Assembly. These Assemblies serve as a viewing party for the latest student-produced BTV episode, share updates, hear from guest speakers, enjoy performances for music, drama, Pi digit or 5th grade Poetry Contest recitations, and much more.
As early as the 1920s, the school had playgrounds equipped for baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and even boxing. While students in the early days did play other schools and club teams, the school prioritized intramural competition. To do so, the school divided the student body into two “clubs” – the Sharks and the Barracudas. “At the end of the session, a trophy is awarded to the club winning the most points in baseball, soccer, and track events.” The two clubs eventually became the Pelicans and Flamingos, and the end of session competition became Field Day.
Today, team affiliations are revealed in the annual Hatching Ceremonies every September. As parents, alumni and classmates look on, each new student opens a golden egg to reveal either a blue or yellow wristband. Those who find blue will be, from that moment forward, a Pelican, while a yellow band indicates life-long membership as a Flamingo. Following the standing PBDA tradition, students who are children of alumni join the same affiliation of their parents.
Each year, the Pelican and Flamingo teams compete for the Field Day Cup in the annual Walter H. Butler Field Day event, an all-day on-campus affair of individual and team athletic competitions. The 94th annual Field Day will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2024.
The day prior, a different breed of competition takes place that is intended to challenge even the most intellectual students. In front of students in Third Grade and above, chosen students in Grades 5-8 participate in this Jeapordy!-style trivia event. Pelicans and Flamingos face-off in two rounds: the first round with fifth and sixth grade contestants, and the second round with seventh and eighth grade contestants. The 35th annual Tina Barbieri Knowledge Bowl will take place on Friday, February 23, 2024.
Palm Beach Day Academy students contribute thousands of hours of service to the community annually. Every step of the way, students are taught to understand their responsibility as a community member and the importance of taking action to improve the circumstances of others. Partnerships with local organizations and establishments, such as our Christmas and Easter breakfasts at E.R. Bradley’s for the students of Hope Rural School, have been a part of our outreach calendar for more than 35 years.
Over the lengthy history of our school, one of the many things that has remained the same is our unique uniform. Anyone familiar with PBDA can easily recognize out pastel-colored jumpers for our young female students a mile away.