Enjoy photos and opening messages from Winsor's lively, tradition-filled opening day.
On September 5, 2018, Winsor students returned to Pilgrim Road for the start of a new year. The seniors unveiled their 'time travel' themed homeroom (with a nod to Marty McFly) and donned costumes celebrating the past, present and future to greet everyone as they arrived on campus.
Head of School Sarah Pelmas welcomed students, faculty and staff during the morning's traditional opening assembly, held in the David E. and Stacey L. Goel Theater. Reflecting on Winsor's rich history as a community where young women could be challenged, supported and empowered, she noted that Winsor's founders "knew then that no one can lead well without being forward-thinking and generous-minded." Being a student at Winsor means being a part of that rich history, she reminded. "There is a community from the past that still speaks to us now, that matters for us, that has wisdom for us."
Offering words of inspiration for the coming year, she encouraged, "be good to yourself, and be good to those around you. Everyone has moments of greatness and everyone has moments of doubt. Everyone around you is wrestling with things you cannot imagine. They need your compassion. They need to be reminded that within them, there is light and beauty, strength and wisdom. They will forget--and you should remind them." (Read Ms. Pelmas' full remarks.)
Ms. Pelmas also welcomed Allison Kaneb Pellegrino '89, P'21, '22, president of the Winsor Corporation, who shed light on the work the 200 members of the Corporation do on behalf of the school that means so much to her. "We quietly want to make things run smoothly around here so that the faculty can do the unbelievable work that they do and you as students can concentrate on being the very best version of yourselves, whatever that might mean to you." She closed by adding, "You and your learning matter to a great many of us and...remember that there is a whole herd of us rooting for you."
Talia Ward '19, president of COLLECT, took the podium dressed as Ms. Frizzle, the enigmatic science teacher from the children's show The Magic School Bus. "Ms. Frizzle always says, 'Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy,'" she began. Humorous and insightful, Talia challenged her peers to put themselves out there. "Winsor isn't one dimensional, and neither are you." Encouraging mistakes, she reminded, "Mistakes are how we get to know ourselves; mistakes are how we learn." And if - while you are taking chances and making mistakes - you find that things get messy, "The great thing is you have the whole school as a support system...And if I'm honest, some of my messiest days are my best days. Messy is not bad; messy means growth." She wrapped with Ms. Frizzle flourish, calling out, "Seatbelts everyone!"
Chloe Duval '19, president of the senior class, was joyful and gracious in her address. "There's a bit more to our 'time travel' theme than just cool science," she admitted. Encouraging her peers to keep the past and the present in focus while looking to the future, she said, "It's so important to look back...You can learn so much about who you are now by looking back at who you once were." And as you look ahead, and "the possibilities are endless," she urged her peers to stop and appreciate the present. "The amazing support you have here...there's nothing else like that. And who you are right now, where you are right now, all of that is beautiful and amazing." With a nod to this being her final year, she added, "Right now is pretty special. And I wouldn't trade it for anything."
In the tradition-filled morning, Performing Arts faculty Lisa Taillacq and Felicia Brady led the entire school in singing "Jerusalem," and assembly concluded with Lower School council co-presidents, Natalie Pan '23 and Meredith Tangney '23, ringing in the new year with Miss Winsor's bell.