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The nation's only independent school daily news brief from St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Virginia

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The nation's only independent school daily news brief from St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Virginia

    The Sisters' Pride with Kendall Quinn, Friday, November 18, 2022

    The Sisters' Pride with Kendall Quinn, Friday, November 18, 2022

    Think of ways you can better improve your academic performance in the next part of the semester as well as reflect on the things you felt you did really well. Things like study habits or practice techniques are things that can constantly be revising and improving.

    I hope you all have an amazing and. Look forward to seeing you all in. Couple days

    In news from the BBC


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    The Sisters' Pride with Kendall Quinn, Thursday, November 17, 2022

    The Sisters' Pride with Kendall Quinn, Thursday, November 17, 2022

    Wednesday was a day St. Margaret’s celebrated Tradition. Alumni visiting their past campus celebrated a woman they admired, Viola Woolfolk- their headmistress. As we walked around campus, commuting from class to class, we noticed women gathered in the same spots we gathered. Laughing,talking, and retelling stories- just like us. They had name tags on their shirts with the year they had graduated at St. Margaret’s. As a current student, somewhat new to the sisterhood,  it was moving to see how many women showed up to support the place they had once called home.

    In chapel services and announcements we hear the word sisterhood being used, but it was a moment like St. Margaret’s Day, which showed the power that word holds. Women from all different class years and from all different places in the world showed up to support the school they loved while attending, and still had a place in their heart 50 years later.

    As the sounds of the bagpiper led us to the church, there was a moment of silence where the students of St. Margaret’s took in the scene before them. Generations of St. Margaret’s girls lined up on the property for a single purpose: Tradition. As we took the time to remember Viola Woolfolk and St. Margaret a feeling of pride set in among the scotties. Honoring those in our community who, as the Reverend mentioned in the Chapel Service, “Were agents of Change.”

    IT was at moments like these where the sisterhood was strong as generation of St. Margaret’s girls gathered for our school and for the people in our community. It’s because of the traditions St. Margaret’s day prioritizes that days like Wednesday are so special. It is because of the support in tradition from alumni, faculty, and students that makes St. Margaret’s the school it is today.

    Those were some reflections about Viola Woolfolk at last night’s celebration of Viola in our chapel.  Following the gathering of alumnae they joined the sisterhood in the march over to St. John’s for our annual St. Margaret’s Day service.


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    The Sisters' Pride with Kendall Quinn, Wednesday, November 17, 2022

    The Sisters' Pride with Kendall Quinn, Wednesday, November 17, 2022

    Never really fearful of death, Viola dreaded losing control and panicking. She longed for peaceful release. When asked about heaven, she told Tom, "I am not concerned about it. The thing that makes me believe in heaven and hell is there must be a place for my mother. If there is a heaven, she'll be there, and if there isn't, she won't know it."

    Those last ten months of her life were busy. Not defensive or maudlin about having cancer, she went about preparing for the end so that others wouldn't have a mess to deal with when she was gone. Meticulously she cleaned out her house, categorized her personal papers, and disposed of all pictures. According to Bebe, during this period she bought a tombs tone, rewrote her will for the fourth time, and planned her memorial service with Don Raby Edwards, rector of St. Stephen's Church.

    One day at the end of May, unable to live independently and carry on without being a burden to her friends, she left Tappahannock. Bebe came to take her to Richmond where she would spend the last weeks of her life. This trip was her last.


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    The Sisters' Pride with Kendall Quinn, Wednesday, November 15, 2022

    The Sisters' Pride with Kendall Quinn, Wednesday, November 15, 2022

    This edition of the Sisters' Pride reflects on our noble Rappahannock River.

    Daily Thistle for Tuesday, November 15th, Two Thousand Twenty-Two.On the River today the sun will rise at 6:48 a.m. and set at 4:56 p.m. It will be a waning gibbous moon with a 61% illumination. High tide will be at 6 a.m. and low tide at 12:26 p.m. High tide will return at 6:12 p.m. We will see rain after 1 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 51 degrees. Winds will be from the Northeast at 3 to 8 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90%.


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    Sisters' Pride with Kendall Quinn, Monday, November 14, 2022

    Sisters' Pride with Kendall Quinn, Monday, November 14, 2022

    Welcome to today’s sisters’ pride. On Thursday, at 7:45 AM, the entire student body and selected faculty piled into 8 buses, as we drove an hour to a local farmer’s turnip field. After putting on the necessary gloves and rolling up our shirts we got to work helping the farmers in a process called “gleaning.” I will be completely honest with you, this was the first time I have ever heard the word gleaning. For those of you, like me, who are new to this concept, here’s a quick dictionary definition: Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been harvested.


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    The Daily Thistle with Lucretia Hart Clay, Friday, November 11, 2022, Veterans Day

    The Daily Thistle with Lucretia Hart Clay, Friday, November 11, 2022, Veterans Day

    It’s Veterans Day.

    Today I share a poem written by World War I Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon with Canada's First Brigade Artillery. It expressed McCrae's grief over the "row on row" of graves of soldiers who had died on Flanders' battlefields, located in a region of western Belgium and northern France. The poem presented a striking image of the bright red flowers blooming among the rows of white crosses and became a rallying cry to all who fought in the First World War. The first printed version of it reportedly was in December 1915, in the British magazine Punch.


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