Congratulations to all of us for getting to the end of another school year. The end is always a busy time with lots of activity. From the activities with the Grade 12 students that culminated with graduation on May 24 to final exams a week later to sports day to the final couple of assemblies and then……it’s good-byes all around, some permanent and some temporary until August. It is an emotional time. It is important to feel emotion when a good friend is leaving or a teacher you respect is moving on, that means the relationship has value in your life.
I appreciated the last few days of school. In particular I appreciated the final assembly. The final assembly allowed us to acknowledge and send off all of our Grade 6-11 students who are leaving LCS. Every year students leave…..and it is emotional. We also farewelled 12 teachers. Students did a great job in farewelling the teachers. Students, through their claps and cheers and expressions of “we will miss you” created an atmosphere of appreciation that sent a powerful message to their teachers. These relationships matter. All students should know that these relationships matter to all of the teachers as well. Teachers care deeply about their students.
A school is just an empty set of classrooms until students and teachers show up. Then relationships are built, connections are made. It is in the power of the learning amongst teachers and students in schools that real change happens.
I hope and trust students have finished the school year in strong fashion and that you are prepared to enjoy the next couple of months and, most importantly to me, that you are well rested to begin again in August. There will be many new students, new courses, and new ways to explore options and interests. For right now, on a Sunday night at the close of the first weekend of summer vacation, enjoy the horizon of time that stretches in front of you. I will be sending periodic posts in the coming weeks. I want you to read my posts!!! Maybe, if you are so motivated, you will even leave a comment!