Little Sister/Big Sister Tie Ceremony
A freshman and senior tradition that exemplifies what IWHS is all about. At the beginning of each school year, a senior student is assigned a little sister freshman student. The big sister will guide and be a mentor and role model to their little sister the entire school year. After the first mass of the year, the big sister places their little sisters' tie around their neck.
Sophomore Pin Ceremony
As a first step in accepting their new roles as leaders and role models for the Freshmen, the Sophomores participated in the traditional pin ceremony. Held on August 14, the sophomore class assembled in the McGowen Gymnasium. Sitting by advisories, each student's name was called, and she received a pin, a handshake, and good wishes from Principal B.J. Nelsen. Sophomore historian Mary McLaughlin noted, The pin ceremony was a big hit! We had many parents come and support their daughters and their daughter's friends. At the end the teachers serenaded us with "We love you, Sophomores," which brought laughter into the gym. This was a great start to a great sophomore year.
A memorable day and event for all Incarnate Word High School students. All grandparents are invited to join their granddaughter's in the day of the life of their shamrock by joining them at mass, reception, a photo opportunity, lunch, and classes throughout the day.
Honoring the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word by having a celebratory mass.
Each year the costumes outdo the year before. The girls dress up for Halloween and there is a Student Council sponsored costume contest. In addition, there is a door and hallway contest for the best Halloween themed winners. Special performances are also conducted by faculty and staff.
Junior Ring Ceremony
Junior Ring Ceremony is a long tradition handed down from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Tradition is key and our ring exemplifies this with a green stone. We have a beautiful ceremony in the Motherhouse Chapel in May when the girls receive their rings from their parents. People are beginning to recognize the ring as part of what makes attending IWHS a memorable experience. The girls know they have worked hard for that ring and that it is something they proudly wear. A ring is a beautiful way to commemorate years of hard work, tears and joy. It is something not easily earned, but something even more appreciated when they do earn it.
A school day dedicated to service. Freshmen and sophomores remain on campus, and conduct various service day projects. Juniors and seniors are assigned to various locations throughout San Antonio and focus on serving our community.
Senior Appreciation Day
Each year on the day before the Battle of Flowers parade, we have our own Shamrock celebration. On that day, the entire Shamrock community devotes the whole day to honoring the graduating seniors. The day begins with a Brunch at Marian Hall on the UIW Campus. A committee of parents from the senior class begin each January planning this event for the seniors. The graduates enjoy a delicious brunch, hear the senior speaker whom the students have chosen, and watch their senior video prepared by the class historian. It is a wonderful opportunity for the seniors to celebrate their sisterhood and just enjoy being together for one of the last times before they head off to college.
After the Brunch, the seniors return to the IWHS campus where they are greeted by the cheers from the other classes. The Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen have completed a transformation of the first floor hallway the day before with numerous decorations and testimonials. The seniors are always blown away by the care and efforts that their fellow Shamrocks and parents have prepared for them. Their Little Sisters put on a skit in their honor and the president of each of the other classes presents them with a gift. The freshman class furnishes lunch for their Big Sisters and the day ends with a Talent Show. It is truly a great day which gives the seniors a heartfelt send-off.