A NOTE FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL ERIC MAYER ABOUT THE REVAMPED SCHOOL MAGAZINE -- THE CORTILE.
CLICK ON THIS LINK TO READ YOUR COPY ONLINE. IF YOU ARE IN ROME, A COPY WILL BE SENT HOME WITH EVERY STUDENT THIS WEEK. IF YOU ARE AN ALUM, FORMER FACULTY OR PAST PARENT, YOUR COPY SHOULD BE WINGING ITS WAY TO YOU SHORTLY!
Welcome to the restyled St. Stephen’s School magazine, The Cortile! This year we wanted to try out a new look for a few of our school publications. We decided to combine three into one: The Cortile, our quarterly magazine, and our bi-annual Alumni Bulletin, have both been combined along with the School’s Annual Report. With the new magazine, we offer universal topics for every part of our community—current students, parents and faculty, as well as our ever-growing global network of alumni, which also includes former parents and faculty.
Our new issue features topical and edgy content that showcases the breadth of talent across St. Stephen’s. Our featured section is a twenty-page spread dedicated to the ongoing civil conflict in Syria. Various viewpoints on the crisis are represented by History teacher Jen Hollis, whose article, Syria Now, provides an in-depth look at the history of the country and sets the stage perfectly for pieces from St. Stephen’s students in the Debate Club who argued the motion: the U.S. should put boots on the ground in Syria. History teacher Dr. Paul Treherne takes us on a personal journey through Syria in Syrian Diary: A Journey through Time, while Director of Admissions and English teacher Lesley Murphy recalls the beauty and grandeur of Palmyra in Requiem for Palmyra. Syrian alumna Shaza Saker ‘92 remembers her country in peaceful times in Holding Onto a Dream and Classics teacher Dr. Helen Pope shares a vivid account of her correspondence with refugees from Aleppo in her poignant article What Is It Like?
Student articles feature prominently throughout the magazine in every section, as do articles from our alumni. New sections such as Opinion Pages and Departments present commentary on topics such as feminism, terrorism and Art History. Writer’s Corner is back with a terrific selection of essays and poems, all of which were award winners in the National Scholastic Writing Competition.
We take a look at contemporary issues such as mindfulness and wellbeing, and also highlight signature programs the school will be offering in the new school year, including The Lyceum, an institute headed by Dr. Helen Pope, devoted to the Classics.
In Alumni Spotlight, we celebrate the accomplishments of filmmaker Gabriele Mainetti ’95, who produced and directed one of this year’s most successful Italian films, Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot), which won eight David di Donatello awards, including Best New Director.
Completing the magazine is our last section – The Annual Report – designed to give readers a glimpse into the school from an admissions, development and financial perspective.
The New Cortile is an ambitious undertaking that tries to offer something for everyone. We hope you will enjoy our latest effort.