To the first years:
Welcome to St Mary Hall beauties! A big part of our values as a hall is sisterhood and kindness; knowing that we can lean on each other in times of need, and also help one another wherever we can. I hope that you feel welcome and accepted within our residence. University can be a daunting experience filled with a lot of changes, and what we strive to do at Olive Schreiner is to create an environment that has ease, warmth, and most of all an environment where we can all feel accepted regardless of where we come from, or who we are. During your stay here, I encourage you to learn from every experience, good or bad. Celebrate your victories and treat failure like a friend and not an enemy of progress. I also encourage you to get to know each other as well as your seniors, learn from one another because each person has the ability to add value only if we are able to see the value in each other and learn from it. Having said that; our theme for this year is Inclusivity, we might be one person, but we have so many parts that make up our identity and those parts deserve to be seen and most of all celebrated.
Have fun during your Orientation week, and keep a level head in every other week to follow. I welcome you oh so warmly to Olive Schreiner and I hope you enjoy your stay in your new home away from home!
To the returners:
Welcome back to a new year and a new term. I hope you are well rested and have taken care of yourselves during this long vac. May this year bring more joy, and more of everything you wish and hope for. You deserve that and even much more. As we go into the new academic year, may we reflect on the past year, strengthening what we need to strengthen, and changing what we need to change. We’ve grown since last year, and let our growth be the stepping stone to greater heights. This year I wish you all the best, but more than anything I wish you health physically, mentally and otherwise. Our environment does get tough, and so good health is not just a luxury but a necessity. I look forward to a great year with you beautiful human beings.
House Comm 2020
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