March 2019
Volume 20, Number 7

Saint Mary’s School alumnae, parents, and friends gathered at the Pavilion at the Angus Barn, Friday, Feb. 22, for the 2019 school auction to raise funds to purchase and install a much-needed new state-of-the-art sound and light system for historic Pittman Auditorium. A sell-out crowd enjoyed a festive evening of friendship and fundraising. The auction chairs report that the goal has been exceeded for Auction 2019, including successful live and online auctions and sponsorships. Thanks to the 2019 Auction co-chairs - Mary Boney, Liza Williams, Joan Comer Johnston '87C, and Louise Stowe - for organizing a spectacular evening celebrating and fundraising for Saint Mary's School. Thanks to everyone who supported this year’s auction in any way! It was a resounding success. Enjoy this gallery of photos from the Auction.

The Saint Mary’s campus community answered the invitation to the observance of a holy Lent, during our 2019 Ash Wednesday Chapel, March 6, at 8 a.m., in the Saint Mary’s Chapel. The Rev. Sarah Wilson Woodard ’73HS, an alumna and Episcopal deacon, was guest clergy and homilist. Ashes were imposed. Holy Eucharist was offered following the Ash Wednesday service with Chaplain Ann Bonner-Stewart as celebrant.

Thanks to Larry and Clare Garden Maddison ’64C and Margaret Cheatham Williams ’50HS ’52C who, along with Head of School Brendan O’Shea, will host a special cocktail party for current grandparents who are Annual Fund donors, Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m., at the Theo Coonrod Head of School Home. This event is held on the eve of Grandparents and Grandfriends Day, April 12, 2019, for current grandparents and special friends of our students. Click here for more information.

Saint Mary's dad Bruce Ham lost his wife, Lisa Permar Ham, to cancer while they were raising their three young daughters. At that time, oldest daughter Bailey Ham ’15, was choosing a high school, and she chose Saint Mary’s. Bailey was followed at Saint Mary’s by sisters Lucy Ham ’18 and Annie T. Ham ’21, a current sophomore. The Ham family believes in supporting Saint Mary’s with gifts to the Annual Fund to ensure they pay it forward as a grateful current family and pay it back as alumnae. Click on the photo to hear their story in their own words. Join the Ham family in supporting our alma mater by making a gift to Saint Mary’s today at

March is Saint Mary's Phonathon month, and we will be calling alumnae and friends to ask for your support of the Annual Fund. We hope you'll pick up the phone and make your gift to Saint Mary's Annual Fund for fiscal year 2018-2019, which ends June 30. Did you know? On average, just 21 percent of alumnae give. Imagine what we could do if we could increase giving this year!


Online registration is open for Reunion Weekend 2019, May 3-4. A running attendee list and details for special class gatherings will be posted as the alumnae office receives the information. We ask that you register sooner than later, to assist in our planning. Please collaborate with your classmates to ensure a great turnout for your class. We will post special class gatherings as we have the details, and we will add attendees to the website list as people register. Check back often for news and information! Questions? Contact Margaret McGlohon ’81C at or 919-424-4171.

We look forward to showcasing many of our talented alumnae during the Reunion Bazaar, Saturday, May 4, 2019. The bazaar is held in Lower Smedes and opens for your shopping pleasure at 11 a.m. If you are interested in participating, please click this link to see the details and submit your participation.


Enjoy these stories from recent happenings in student life, the arts, athletics, and academics at Saint Mary’s School! The support of Saint Mary's alumnae, families, and friends make these extraordinary programs possible!

Saint Mary's Theatre Little Women the Musical plays to rave reviews
Astonishing, is the best way to describe Saint Mary's Visual and Performing Arts Department 2019 musical Little Women the Broadway Musical, with shows delighting audiences Feb. 14-16, 2019, in historic Eliza Battle Pittman Auditorium. The show previewed to rave reviews Thursday, Feb. 14. Read more.

Class of 2020 celebrates successful inaugural Pitch Night 2019
As part of this year's new Seminar Program at Saint Mary's School, juniors have spent this quarter working with community partner District C to solve real-world problems for local businesses. It was an exciting and innovative evening at Saint Mary's, Feb. 21, as the results of that work were presented on the inaugural Pitch Night, when the students pitched their ideas to company representatives. Read more.

Saint Mary's 11th annual African American Read-In
The written word and performance art can be powerful forces for social change, protest, inspiration, reflection, insight into the lives of others, and self-expression about personal experiences and perspectives. When read aloud, beautifully written words reach their height of power, as they did at Saint Mary's 11th annual African American Read-In, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, during a special assembly, 11-11:30 a.m., in historic Pittman Auditorium. Read more.

A Winning Season
Winter is known for being cold, but Saint Mary's winter athletics teams have been nothing but hot in a 2018-2019 season of success in the pool and in the gym. The winter teams elevated their games to achieve numerous milestones and to represent the school with excellence in competition and grace in sportsmanship. 
Read more.

All alumnae are invited to the regional events and Reunion Weekend. Please register online or by calling 919-424-4171 or emailing the alumnae office at

UNC Chapel Hill collegiate alumnae and mothers’ event at Carolina Inn – March 19
Granddaughters Club Spring luncheon – March 29
Columbia, South Carolina, alumnae and friends event – April 3
Charleston, South Carolina, alumnae and friends event – April 4
Hickory, North Carolina, alumnae and friends event – April 9
Pinehurst, North Carolina, alumnae and friends event – April 24
Reunion Weekend for classes ending in four and nine - Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4
Commencement for the 177th session -  May 19, The Grove

Click on these links for important information and alumnae resources.
Reunion Weekend, May 3-4, 2019, for classes ending in four and nine
Alumnae Bazaar, May 4, 2019, (vendor information and registration form)
Alumnae Milestones Online (obituaries, marriages, engagements, births)
Update My Information (Update your address, phone, email, birthday - to receive a special greeting each year; or share your life news.)
Make a Gift Online – Support Saint Mary’s Annual Fund with a gift to the school!
Alumnae web page – Visit the Alumnae web page for links to all things Saint Mary’s - request a transcript, wedding/event rentals, order a Heritage Walk brick, school store, photo galleries, and more.
Summer@Saint Mary’s - June 17 - July 26, 2019 - With everything from STEAM to tennis, from biology explorers to art, there's something for every age and every interest during our Summer@Saint Mary's camps and workshops!

Follow Saint Mary’s on social media to stay in the loop on all the latest news and events from campus.
Saint Mary’s School Facebook – for comprehensive school news and photos
Saint Mary’s School Alumnae Facebook – for alumnae news
Saint Mary’s School Instagram - @saintmarysschool
Saint Mary’s Alumnae Instagram - @saintmarysalumnae
Shop1842 Instagram - @shop1842 - School Store
Twitter - @SaintMarysNC
LinkedIn – Saint Mary’s School news channel
LinkedIn Saint Mary's alumnae network
You Tube – Saint Mary’s School

The Alumnae Office and Head of School Brendan O'Shea have been on the road this winter visiting alumnae in Durham, Fayetteville, California, Florida, and at the Cardinal in North Hills in Raleigh. Click on the photo above or this link to enjoy these photos from regional alumnae events!

Saint Mary's School is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement for girls in grades 9-12.

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