It may have been raining outside, but inside, all was bright on the first day of school for Stuart girls and young boys. The energy was palpable as the halls filled with welcome back hugs and squeals of joy–as girls caught up with old friends and welcomed new ones. Student Government President Kate McLaughlin shared the StuGov theme with Upper School students, " Get on Your Feet!" Kate explained that, "This theme centers around the idea that you are responsible for your own success, and you must take steps to achieve it." Kate also shared the steps that StuGov is taking to support students, like offering life skills classes such as Outdoor Survival to the Basics of Insurance, and Responding in a Professional Setting. At the end of the day our entire JK-12 community came together to celebrate the new school year with Head of School Dr. Patty Fagin encouraging the girls to follow in St. Rose Philippine's legacy to be "risk-takers and changemakers." See photos from the first day of school and Orientation Day in our SmugMug Photo Gallery. Watch our video from the first day below. We're looking forward to a great year ahead!