The Head's Tales

The Head's Tales features stories and reflections from our Head of School, Cathy Thornicroft.

The theme this month at SMS is Perseverance – an important attribute that distinguishes winners from losers!  In general, winners focus on what they can do, not on what they can’t do. Losers tend to focus more on those external factors that interfered with their ability to be successful.  I believe... Read More
Over the winter break, I had the opportunity to read a number of books that sparked my curiosity and excitement for what is possible at St. Margaret’s.  The first book, entitled Creating Innovators – The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner (who also wrote a provocative... Read More
As the holiday season approaches with its frenzied pace, I wonder about what is meant when we talk about the “Holiday Spirit.”  It is not easy to define and is personal in nature.  I, however, believe it is quite simple.  It’s in your heart; it feels warm and inviting, like the unconditional love a... Read More
I grew up with Dr. Seuss and although his stories on the surface appear whimsical and somewhat simple in text and format, his message is far-reaching, and his final book, Oh, The Places You'll Go! (1990), has been shared with thousands of graduates as they leave school to pursue the next stage of... Read More
At our last assembly, Student Council introduced the value of Integrity to the student body. Integrity is a guiding principle within our Strategic Plan. In order to practice integrity, you have to know yourself. People who do the best in life have a well-defined identity and are secure in their... Read More
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