WMS’s 125th Anniversary Draws to a Close

“This is a place where students “lift their eyes” not only toward the mountains, but also to a broader vision of themselves and the difference they can make in the world.”
By Tim Breen, Ph.D.

The following remarks were delivered by Head of School, Tim Breen, on May 27, 2012 at the 2012 Alumnae/i Weekend Dinner which concluded the 125th anniversary celebration.

Welcome Alumnae/i, Friends, Faculty and Staff,

 
I am so pleased that we could all share in this, our final celebration of the 125th anniversary of our School.
 
125 years is a long time – it is truly humbling to think about all who have come before us on this campus. All the young women and men who have played on this hill, who have studied and lived in these buildings. All who have dared to dream of their future and work to reach it. This is a place where students “lift their eyes” not only toward the mountains, but also to a broader vision of themselves and the difference they can make in the world.
 
Over the past year we have held over a dozen alumnae/i events around the country, attended by hundred of people. This celebration year has been fun and inspiring.
 
It has been an honor to meet so many people whose lives have been shaped by their experience here.
 
— By the close connections with faculty members – teachers who are passionate about their disciplines, yes, but, more importantly, passionate about mentoring young people.
 
— By their connections with each other – friendships forged here can last a lifetime.
 
— By the challenge in the classroom – where many found their academic footing and also found joy and passion in learning.
 
— And finally, by the mountains in our midst. Our mountain setting is not an accident. Headmistress Aunt Dot McLane moved us here on purpose – to be surrounded by things greater than ourselves and be reminded that we are part of a greater whole.
 
The mountains inspire us to reach new heights in all our endeavors.
 
Students reach new heights in the classroom, tackling problems they might have thought were beyond them, developing curiosity and building their critical thinking skills.
 
They reach new heights in athletics, showing incredible determination on the playing fields and on the cliffs, on the slopes and on the trails.
 
And they reach new heights – new understandings of themselves and others, as they grow in compassion and courage.
 
May our School continue to inspire students to reach new heights, for the next 125 years.

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