Head of Saint Ann’s School, Vincent Tompkins, welcomed students and faculty back this fall. He wrote, “We fling open its doors to our workshop, our laboratory, our living, breathing, ever-changing experiment.
“As our thoughts turn to all of the joy and promise that we associate with each new year at Saint Ann’s, the news that Stanley Bosworth, our founding headmaster, passed away on August 7 will and should, make the start of this year different for all of us, whether we knew Stanley or not,” writes Mr. Tompkins. “Yet surely Stanley above all else would want us each in our way to return with the renewed focus on what it is that brings us together as a community — our passion for the revelry of education, for the pleasure of shared discovery, for the bringing of something new into the world.”
During the summer Saint Ann’s faculty members deepened their knowledge with new discoveries. They took courses in Arabic, climate change, poetry of theater, discreet math, numeracy, program design and “Spectacles of the Ancient World.” Other pursuits included an artistic residency in France, graduate studies at the University of Leiden, Holland, and visits with students in China.
Saint Ann’s high school students are now exploring new courses and electives, including “3D Animation,” “Epic and Apocalypse,” “Legal Frameworks,” “Understanding the Modern Middle East,” “Independent Research in History,” “Pharmacology,” “America in the 1920s,” “Environmentalism and Sustainability,” and “Racy, Sexy, Classy: Difference and Distinction in the 21st Century.”
Inspired by the Saint Ann’s faculty and curriculum, the class of 2011 is matriculating at 43 colleges in the U.S. One third of the class is now at Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Oberlin, University of Chicago and Yale.
“Our students motivate us,” writes Tompkins, “with their energy and creativity and desire, and we strive throughout the year to give productive shape to their encounters with the unknown and the unknowable. Together we learn, and together we have fun.”