KUYAM

To experience a Kuyam is to experience the Seven Arrows ethos and one of our most celebrated signature pieces. Derived from the ancient Chumash word meaning “assembly or time for gathering,” the weekly Kuyam is an all-school assembly where students, parents, faculty and staff members, and guests come together as a community to celebrate the creativity and strengths of our students.

Every Friday morning from 8:15 to 9:00, the whole Seven Arrows community comes together for this ritual, in which all members aim to be “fully present” for the enjoyment of music, poetry, class performances, individual presentations, and a general celebration of the children and life at school. Our music teachers lead the volunteer Parent Band, which performs a variety of songs including the school anthem, and students give poetry readings, perform character sketches, and present Ethical Leadership projects, among other curriculum-based renditions.

Though no two Kuyams are ever alike, the goal is always the same: to provide our students with opportunities for leadership, public speaking, and performance and to celebrate the community experience at Seven Arrows. Past participants and special guests at Kuyams have included Olympic medalists, Nobel Prize-winning scientists, children’s book authors, famous musicians, poets, and other renowned and inspiring guests.