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Sep 13, 2022

Trinity Hall Welcomes Incoming Freshmen with ‘Meet the Faculty’ Day

Students attend “Meet the Faculty” Day on Aug. 11.

On Aug. 11, Trinity Hall, an all-girls high school in Tinton Falls, invited the incoming ninth-grade class to campus for “Meet the Faculty” Day, a day of introductions and exploration. Led by Trinity Hall faculty members, students in the class of 2026 partook in five short workshops covering different academic subjects. The workshops combined engaging activities with skills used in Trinity Hall courses. The goal of the day was to help incoming students make a smooth transition from middle school to high school. Throughout the day, students became more accustomed to high school courses and familiar with their classmates and teachers. 

Theology teacher Mike Santos and an incoming ninth grader make pizza dough.

Students started their day with a yoga session led by humanities teacher and certified yoga instructor Lauren Pappa. The students then moved on to their history workshop, led by history teacher Katie Gillen, in which they solved a mystery using historical context skills. The third workshop included taking a personality test with humanities and psychology teacher Christina Advento. After lunch, the students met Ellen Phillips, theater teacher and director, for a lesson in color theory and design. The final workshop consisted of making pizza dough with theology teacher Mike Santos as a way to understand philosophy through the lens of cooking. Students completed their pizzas at home and sent in pictures as submissions into a contest with their fellow classmates. 

History teacher Katie Gillen leads a history workshop.

“We wanted to find a way to celebrate the unique talents of our faculty while giving our incoming ninth-graders an opportunity to adjust to being on campus,” said Jen Havens, dean of academics and humanities faculty member. “Our inaugural event was a success, and we hope to continue this program in the future. We are looking forward to welcoming the Class of 2026 this upcoming school year!”

Incoming ninth graders solve a mystery in a history workshop.

Additional activities including “meet-and-greet” events hosted by the Parents Association and a pre-school year orientation led by student ambassadors, have made the class of 2026 aptly prepared for the school year ahead. 

Trinity Hall is an independent, all-girls school that educates and empowers young women in the Catholic tradition through an innovative college preparatory program grounded in four core values of leadership, respect, perseverance and faith. Trinity Hall prepares each student to achieve her full potential as she embraces her place in the world.

Students interested in applying to Trinity Hall should visit campus for a fall Open House on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Wednesday, Nov. 2. Visit for more information or call 732-291-1297.