SMH has Spirit-Filled Week with Homecoming and Fiesta

Spirit Week is a longstanding tradition at Saint Mary’s Hall, commemorating Homecoming with a week full of special, themed Out-of-Uniform Days, pep rallies, and sports games. The celebration was even more eventful this year, as both Homecoming and Fiesta took place in the same week.

Homecoming Pep Rally

The first difference a visitor to campus would have noticed were the Out-of-Uniform Days. Themes this year included Crazy Hat Day, Western Day, Camo Day, Purple-Out Day, and Tie-Dye Friday. Students (and some faculty!) went all out this year, putting together outfits and ensembles so good, we couldn’t help but feature them on our Facebook and Instagram stories!

Thursday was Purple-Out Day, and featured the school’s first pep rally of the school year. Held on Lewis Field to allow for proper social distancing, the pep rally honored all of the Fall Barons’ sports teams and hyped Upper School students for the Homecoming football game that night. The rally also featured a number of fun competitions between the various sports teams, pitting them against each other as their peers cheered on their friends and their favorite sports teams. View photos of the Homecoming Pep Rally.

That night, the Barons’ varsity football team played against Christian School at Castle Hills for the Homecoming game. The Barons pulled off a stunning victory with a final score of 35-20. It was a stunning victory that capped off an amazing day of SMH spirit!

Community Time Competitions

As exciting as Homecoming was, that wasn’t the end of the week’s festivities. On Friday, the Upper School held Sports Council team competitions during community time. Juniors and seniors competed in a dodgeball match in the Napier Gym, while freshmen and sophomores competed in a kickball match at the baseball field. The winner won 50 points for their team (Capers or Elliott) towards the Bishop’s Cup. View photos of the community time challenges.

Later on Friday, the SMH community held its annual Fiesta celebration, a fun-filled carnival inspired by the San Antonio festival of the same name. Students enjoyed a number of games and activities, including plinko, face painting, bounce houses, a dunk tank, and spin-a-fish, among others. Food was provided courtesy of a Cheesy Jane’s food truck, a donation of 200 chicken sandwiches from Chik-fil-A, and dozens of pizzas from Papa John’s. The El Mercado Sweet Shop also made a triumphant return, with sweets donated from parents. View photos from Fiesta here.


El Mercado was extra special this year! The cheer could be seen not only in kids and parents’ faces but also teachers and staff. Everybody buying and enjoying the treats! The weather was great, people were excited, time just flew by!

Iza Wallisch
Mother of Ines ’24 and Clara ‘27

Though shortened this year from three hours to two hours, the event was jam-packed with fun activities, and was a great way to close out Spirit Week.

Homecoming, Spirit Week, and Fiesta brought me back to my childhood, a time of being carefree, full of laughter, and memories of happy times with friends.  Nostalgia ... mums, homecoming court, and of course, carnival fish and a dunk booth ... helping with all of that is worth it to see the smiles, hear the laughter, and watch the special memories being made!

Flor Richards
Mother of Dama ’24, Ana ’24, and Sofia ’32

Spirit Week, Homecoming, and Fiesta are important traditions at Saint Mary’s Hall and a key feature of SMH Life. To learn more about life at Saint Mary’s Hall, visit the SMH Life section.