“It’s a congé!” This announcement is recognized by students at Sacred Heart schools worldwide as signaling a day when they take leave of their regular studies and channel all their energy into having fun.
Congés usually occur unexpectedly, since the planning for them is done in secret. Originally, the activities and games, such as cache-cache (a group form of hide-and-seek), were planned by the Religious for the girls of the boarding schools. The tradition has carried over to the schools of today and provides the older students an opportunity to exercise leadership skills as they plan activities for the entire school. At Forest Ridge, the Seniors plan a Congé as well as the members of the Student Leadership Council and ASB.
Sometimes referred to simply as “prizes,” Prize Day brings a formal end to the school year. Students are recognized for their academic and personal achievements. The school community comes together for a formal assembly to distribute prizes. In former days, the prizes usually consisted of books; now the prize is often a certificate or award recognizing the achievement.
Among the prizes most admired are the Mes Amis Award and the Diligence Award. The Mes Amis is reserved for those eighth and 12th graders who have been recognized by their classmates as having extended the spirit of friendship to others by showing sensitivity and caring for the needs of students and teachers alike. The Diligence Award recognizes students who have given constant, careful and responsible attention to their studies.