If those two can become one

September 05, 2017 by Guest Student Author

speech given at Convocation by Julia Thayer '18, Head of Student Body

Good morning students and faculty, parents and friends, and welcome to the opening day of the 2017-2018 Academic School year at Stoneleigh Burnham. Earlier this summer, I received an email from Sally, reminding me that as the president of Student Council, one of my responsibilities is to, quote, “say a few words about what the Honor Code means to me, as a Stoneleigh Burnham Student.” But… I am not really going to do that today. Sally and I had a meeting in which we agreed that it may prove more valuable for me to discuss what the Honor Code means to me as a person, not just as an SBS student. The code itself demands that its principles are followed not just in student life but life in general, as exemplified in a quote from the very first paragraph, “I know that the principles of the Honor Code extend beyond the physical bounds of the campus.”

Filed Under: Honor, Convocation, Honor Code

Veritas Supra Omnia

December 12, 2016 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Speech delivered at the Dec. 6, 2016 Honor Roll Assembly by Karen Suchenski.

Good morning of Dec. 6, 2016, Stoneleigh community. Thank you, StuCo, so much for inviting me to speak today. Please know how honored and humbled I am to be in your company. Each of you brings honor to this community each day in countless ways that awe and inspire me.

In thinking about a meaningful focus for my address to you, it occurred to me we often linger at our collective reflective moments on our mission statement — you know, the one that focuses on helping girls be their “best selves” and “find their voices.” And yet, as often, we overlook the vital Latin motto of our school (it sits under our mascot owl.) “Veritas supra omnia.” Do you know what that  means? Yes.  “Truth above all.”

It is about truth—and the need to not ever stop seeking truth, however hard to grasp even what that is—that I speak to you today.  

Filed Under: Honor Roll, Feminism, Education, Honor