Behind the Scenes: Blue and Gold Day Traditions


Courtesy of SCH Communications

by Levi Veleanu

PHILADELPHIA – Blue and Gold Day, a type of field day for all the girls at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, is one of the most electrifying, loud, and historic days of the year. Typically coming in late September or early October, the weather may be unpredictable, but the energy that lights up campus is not.

Blue and Gold Day does not start at the shot of the first race.

For the Upper School girls, some of whom were assigned their respective teams over a decade ago, honoring the day and their team is extremely important. Preparations for the day can start far in advance, and culminate with many of the senior girls staying at school late into the Thursday evening before to decorate the campus with blue or gold. From there, they will go to their team sleepovers, which the family of one girl on each team is kind enough to host. Many girls look forward to their team sleepover all year. One of the sleepover’s most notable aspects its inclusivity and power to create and strengthen friendships. 

“Blue and Gold Day brings people together that weren’t necessarily good friends” said SCH senior Megan McNesby. “Having the sleepover each year the night before has allowed me to become friends with people I have never spoken to before.” 

Aside from the inclusive nature of being part of a team, the joy that fills the day can also bring great effects.

“You cheer with people that you might not normally talk to and everyone is just lively and present and it really lifts the mood of everyone” noted junior Samantha Harris.

The sleepover is also filled with traditions, many of which are common between both teams, generally centered around the team color. A colossal amount of face paint, makeup, and glitter is used, and houses and cars sparkle with blue or gold; if you arrive to school as early as 6:30 AM,  you can see the spray painted cars with streamers hanging from the mirrors, bringing as many girls as physically can fit, for the pep rally that starts the day.

While all these traditions are for sheer fun, no competition would be complete without superstition. 

“We definitely have pre-race rituals” said Harris. “We all get in a circle and do a scream circle, and then we pray and then we all triple knot our shoes. If it’s not triple knotted it’s not ok.” 

Winning is everything, and the superstitions, cheering, and even some tears, make this evident. However, the effects of the day extend far past the given year’s winners. The spirit, tradition, and friendship reaches every girl across the school community.