Hello everyone, good morning! I hope you’re all doing well~ If you don’t know me already, I’m Jewels Hatchard and I am entering my sixth year being at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Even though I’ve been here for six long years, each new year brings new challenges.
Welcome, everyone, to the first day of the Stoneleigh-Burnham academic year.
Good morning, everyone, and welcome officially to the 2017-2018 academic year. I loved hearing about each one of you students last night and would like to take a moment to thank, especially, the senior class for getting us off to such a happy start! You, seniors, have set the tone for a spectacular year. Thank you.
Invocation delivered at Convocation by Shayna Appel '78
The legendary poet, writer, playwright and social activist James Baldwin once wrote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
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.”
by Francelyse (Frannie) Joseph '18, the Dr. Paul Bassett Convocation SpeakerFirstly, I want to thank Sally for allowing me to speak to you all. Today, I hope to share some advice with the student body on how to make the most of your Stoneleigh-Burnham experience. I also hope to incorporate some personal anecdotes that have led me to grow as a student and as a person. College has been a topic on my mind every day since the start of summer, and I imagine the same is true for other seniors. If I learned one thing from the start of the college process, it's how much your own willingness to engage with your environment can define your experience. For those of you who don't know, I have a twin brother, which makes college touring a little more exhausting than usual. Even though my brother and I did not always have similar interests in schools, my mom would strongly suggest a.k.a. force us to visit the other one's school. It was actually through these conditions that I learned a valuable lesson.
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Inspired by our Convocation ceremony on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016
“Where do our individual templates and belief systems come from?” Shayna Appel ‘78 asked, pausing a moment during her invocation. In telling a personal anecdote of when she needed to grow further into her own best self, and did, she was inviting us both implicitly and explicitly to consider the question. As Head of School Sally Mixsell ‘69 would later say, all you know is what you see when you first meet a person - what is most important is unseen and undiscovered. And we have, as Shayna pointed out, the freedom to choose different judgments and opinions, to bring a more critical awareness of ourselves and our certainties. Student Council President Molly Li ‘17, in her discussion of what the Honor Code means to her, told us that when she first came here as an eighth grader, she had feared she would be judged here by her looks and by her English. However, she said, everyone was always kind and respectful to her. And Miles DeClue ‘18, in her own take on the ritual reading (and eventual signing) of the Honor Code, noted that it comes down to personal responsibility.
by Victoria Subritzky-Katz '17
Head of School, Faculty and students, lend me your ears, or more specifically, your minds.
For I want to open today and the rest of the year, with some contemplation. Though it's early, and I'm sure that this the last thing most of you want to hear, this is important. I want each of you to think about why you are here. Why did your family spend the resources to bring you here? A small all-girls school in, let's face it, the middle of nowhere Massachusetts. What is it that you want to gain from your high school experience? We only have one shot at high school, there are no do-overs, so this is something we really do need to think about. Your first response might be that you are here to get an education. You came here to get a good education, a good GPA so that you could get into a good college so that you can get a good job and then your real life can begin. But don't wait until then to start living and enjoying life. Don’t get lost in the vortex of academic pressure and stress. Don't let yourself get trapped in a mind set where the only thing you're trying to get out of your time here at SBS is a good GPA and some strong recommendation letters, because this place is so much more than that and it can give you so much more than that.