This is my last blog post for the school year. Last August, I was challenged to put my thoughts on paper - in this case our website. For someone who does not see herself as a writer, I have come to appreciate the phrase "no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care." I think this is true about one's writing style. People are more interested in what you have to say, particularly when it combines heart and head, and when you choose topics that resonate with them. This forum has allowed me to improve my writing skills, share my ideas with a broader community, and reflect on what matters most to me as a leader. I have fully appreciated the feedback I have received over the school year. My hope is to return to my writing in the fall, with new meanderings and insights as to what makes St. Margaret's an incredibly wonderful and inclusive learning environment for girls - a place where girls learn, lead, take risks, find their voices, and welcome challenges as opportunities to test boundaries, thereby growing from their mistakes. On behalf of the members of our learning community (here in Canada and abroad), thank you for believing in an all girls' environment and entrusting your daughters' learning, her educational journey, to our community here at St. Margaret's. I look forward to connecting again at the end of summer - I will use the coming weeks to collect my thoughts, and just experience what is in the moment.
“The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.” Dr. Linus Pauling
“Imagine if everyone within a group wrote down one idea – large or small every day for the next six months – the results would be a torrent of ideas that would challenge and bewilder even the non-believers.” Michael Nolan
“Ideas bring people together, but ideals hold them together.” Bill Meyer
Have a great summer!