Miss Porter’s students attend SPHERE Student of Color Summit

On Sunday, November 7, 18 students traveled to the Watkinson School to participate in the SPHERE Student of Color Summit. The Summit was created in recognition of the unique needs and experience of students of color at predominately white independent schools. It provides a collaborative space for students of color to come together in aContinue reading Miss Porter’s students attend SPHERE Student of Color Summit

The power of athletics at an all-girls’ school: Emily Wogelius ’17

Emily Wogelius ’17 earned the Polly Laughlin Memorial Trophy at Porter’s athletics assembly this past spring. Below is an excerpt from her speech. I feel honored to be receiving this award tonight because athletics have been the highlight of my time here at Porter’s. I have been a tri varsity athlete since my freshman year,Continue reading The power of athletics at an all-girls’ school: Emily Wogelius ’17

Crossing cultural boundaries: Porter’s Leads creates a space of learning for both campers and counselors

“The Global Language and Leadership Institute (GLLI) allows both campers and counselors to create a space of understanding. Not only are the campers translating from their native language to English, they are also translating their cultures and identities. GLLI inspires a conversation about new perspectives.”

An enthusiastic group from China joined Miss Porter’s School for three weeks this July for the Global Language and Leadership Institute. Staffed by several young Ancients and current students, along with school administrators, this intensive immersion program prepares girls who are planning to attend boarding school in the U.S. Goals of the program are to help them master the English language and familiarize them with American culture (rounds of miniature golf a must!), as well as to teach basic fundamentals of a Miss Porter’s School education such as leadership training, building independence…Continue reading Crossing cultural boundaries: Porter’s Leads creates a space of learning for both campers and counselors

Leading through community service

“Servant” and “leader” are two words that usually don’t go together, but a true leader cares about the needs of others first. Servant leadership is a philosophy that supports people who choose to serve first and then lead as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions. The term was first coined by Robert K. Greenleaf, a writer, teacher, and founder of the Center for Servant Leadership who, after a long and successful career in corporate management development at AT&T, dedicated his personal work to the concept of servant leadership:

“A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong… The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.”Continue reading Leading through community service