Welcoming Our Students and Families Back to School

Welcoming Our Students and Families Back to School

We want to welcome all of our students and families back to school, including our 83 new students attending Saint Mary’s Hall this year. Additionally, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our 13 new talented and accomplished faculty and staff members. This is sure to be a successful year full of inspiration, enrichment, and community building.

We began school last Monday, and I was overjoyed to see all the wonderful photos of students and faculty on their first day. We sent a communication out on the first day of school that featured a welcoming video from me as well as photos shared with us by our community. If you missed it, watch it here.

Last week was even more special as it marked my first All-School Convocation and Blue Tie Ceremony. We held the All-School Convocation virtually (you can watch it via our Livestream channel) and we celebrated our seniors safely with a Blue Tie Ceremony drive-through event. As I mentioned in my Convocation speech, we are all new to this academic year in some way: a new form, new teachers, new classes, a new way of attending school (virtually!), and a new historical moment under a pandemic and social unrest. I believe embracing a beginners mind and asking important questions is key in creating a sense of belonging for all. In addition, presenting the blue ties to our students, a tradition that dates back 80 years, was an absolute honor and it was a proud moment for me to recognize these seniors as student leaders of our school. We shared with our senior families a Blue Tie Ceremony video, featuring powerful words from Maddie Guy ’17, this year’s Blue Tie speaker (view her speech). 

Since my arrival, I have met and talked to so many wonderful members of our community.  I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. Let's have a great school year! We invite you to read more about some of the wonderful things happening at Saint Mary’s Hall in this edition of News From the Hall.