Sophia Flissler '18 was recently featured on WABC-TV news for her volunteer work at White Plains Hospital this summer. Sophia volunteers three days per week in the White Plains Hospital NICU Unit. For Sophia the experience has been about giving back to those who took care of Sophia and her family when she was born. "In addition to having the opportunity to work in the medical field, I am learning about the everlasting effect of kindness," Sophia said. It is difficult for Sophia to believe she was ever a part of the NICU Unit. Weighing one pound, 11 ounces when she was born, Sophia spent one month in the NICU unit as a newborn. Now she is volunteering alongside Nancy Longworth, the nurse that took care of her as a baby, as well as Dr. Jesus Jaile-Marti, a past parent at Holy Child. Sophia is quick to point to the generosity and kindness of the nurses, doctors and staff at the hospital. "Nurses spend their entire day with the babies and their families," Sophia said. "Their kindness and generosity is what gets everyone through a very difficult time." Click on the title above to watch the news story, featuring Sophia.
School of the Holy Child proudly welcomes Head of the Upper School, Abigail Doheny to the SHC community! A native New Yorker, Abby attended Barnard College and then earned her Masters degree from Columbia Teachers College. She began her career in education in Westchester County, worked overseas and spent the last twenty years in Texas, most recently as the Dean of Academics and Counseling at an independent school in Houston. Upon joining SHC, Abby stated, "It is my distinct pleasure to join this very special community. Grounded in all girls' Catholic education, committed to a rigorous academic environment where each girl is encouraged to take risks and supported to be successful, and set on a historic and beautiful campus, School of the Holy Child is where I belong."
Amid their many activities this summer, E.E. Ford Scholars used the equipment in the Holy Child Design Studio to make custom chocolate bars! Templates of the Gryphon and SHC chocolate bars were created on the 3-D printer and laser cutter. Students then used the thermoformer to create chocolate molds that students filled with tempered chocolate that they produced in the /Design Studio. A basket of similar chocolates will be produced in the fall and raffled off at Homecoming. Proceeds from the sales will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, where students recently spent three days helping to build affordable homes for deserving community members.
Kindhearted. Compassionate. Loyal. Fearless. Confident. These are just some of the words used to describe the twenty-seven Holy Child eighth grade students who celebrated their Moving Up Ceremony this June. Often referred to as joyful, the Class of 2019 exhibited a joy in learning and joy in living! Head of the Middle School Colleen Pettus described the girls' actions as admirable and inclusive, and advised the girls to "continue to actively spread joy throughout Holy Child."
Under a bright, beautiful sky members of the Holy Child community joined together Sunday, June 7, 2015 to celebrate the 105th Upper School Commencement Exercises, and applaud the accomplishments of the Class of 2015.
We welcomed back a celebrated women's collegiate basketball coach and icon on and off the basketball court, Christina Hanlon Wielgus '70, along with her sisters, Judy Hanlon Doyle '67 and Sheila Hanlon Reiman '71. Ms. Wielgus provided an inspiring and heart-warming speech and advised, "The world needs women who are savvy and knowledgeable enough to navigate life's hard path. We need "doers" who have the courage to risk failure in order to make a difference. Thanks to School of the Holy Child, you have the education and talent to make that difference. You leave here not only armed with the tools and the moral compass to make a difference, but with the prayers and support of everyone in this community."
Click the title for a photo gallery of commencement pictures, and to watch a video of the Christina Hanlon Wielgus '70 commencement speech.