Happy New Year

Welcome back to school and happy New Year. I hope you had a restful break with your children.

New Year. Capitalized. I find this an interesting concept here in the middle of winter.

While I am a great believer in goal setting, I am not particularly one for making New Year's resolutions. January first is an odd choice, I believe, for us to celebrate our New Year, but here it is. The calendar tells me so. The ball in Times Square has dropped. We're in the middle of short days and dark, cold evenings. January first seems to me like a division of time that has no reference to any event, astronomical, astrological, seasonal, or geological.

Wouldn't New Year be better off at a different time?

Say, springtime? The earth is re-born. I shake off the winter blues and turn my head to the sun. My markers are the first leaves returning outside my window, the first bike rides of the season. It's an exciting time of year. 

New beginnings, new hope, endless possibility. 

Or how about the first day back to school in the fall? A freshly scrubbed classroom, empty walls, blank writing notebooks, new clothes, every child a little bit taller. A year of discovery ahead. Our teachers feel the privilege of embarking on this journey alongside their students.

New beginnings, new hope, endless possibility. 

Yet, there is still something intriguing when the calendar flips over to a new number. Here we are. 2019. 

And, in the life of our wonderful school, big things are about to happen. This I know from experience. Every January, children and teachers return to school refreshed and ready. Amazing learning happens in these next few weeks. Kids hit the ground running and grow in leaps and bounds. Some of them might even learn to fly.

New beginnings, new hope, endless possibility. Just you watch.  

Happy New Year!

Steve de Beer
Head of School