Spirits were high during Opening Convocation, Thursday September 3, 2015. Head of School Pilar Cabeza de Vaca welcomed students back to Madeira, sharing updates on campus construction and things to look forward to this year. She spoke at length about Madeira's core values stating, “As young women who will one day have an impact on the greater world, or your own private world, you should not take anything for granted, and you need to take advantage of all the opportunities that lie before you. By being well educated, by building character and adhering to strong community values, you will be better prepared to address challenges like those that are rippling through our world today.”
You can read more of Ms. Cabeza de Vaca's remarks on her start of the school year blog: The Exciting Year Ahead.
Dean of Students Kim Newsome thanked all SWING Sisters for their outstanding welcome to new students and introduced Senior Class Co-President Rebecca Leidenheimer and Jordan Williams. They spoke to the student body about how Madeira is like a television series and took the student through each of their four years as if it were a season of a show. Co-heads of Community Service, Faith Slaughter '16 and Carson Peters '16 encouraged students to become more involved and to reach out with ideas of how we can better serve the community around Madeira.
Head of Boarding Azalyn Gonzalez '16, Head of Day Mona Hagmagid '16, and Head of Judiciary Niara Phoenix '16 had the students in stitches with a beat-box performance about the upcoming year. Each leader shared their expectations and excitement about working in student government and improving everyone’s experience at Madeira.
Lastly, Academic Dean M.A. Mahoney shared tactical information about the schedule and academic classes for the beginning of Module 1. The assembly concluded with the a cheerful rendition of Madeira’s alma mater. Seniors, dressed in the traditional white for the first time, processed out the C/A and on to classes.
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