The Yearbook for 2016-17 has just been published and it is a superb one: the standard of the yearbooks has risen steadily and Ms. Emma Holmes has done us proud with this year’s edition. It has captured the energy and warmth of our school, the diversity of its community, the breadth, range and quality of the many classes, sports, productions and expeditions that have taken place in the course of the year. With the CIS/NEASC and IB synchronised accreditation process in addition to the DSIB is has been a demanding but successful one. We now have the CIS and NEASC plaques hanging in the foyer, testimony to the high standards that we set for ourselves and that these organisations have recognised. The IB is in the DNA of the school and our PYP, MYP and DP programme re-authorisation reports describe the many improvements and initiatives that have taken place.
I read with great interest the slogans or mottos that the senior students gave themselves, from ‘anything is possible for those who try hard enough’ to ‘the only person who you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday’. The pages dedicated to the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay captured elements of the Diploma’s Programmer’s rigour, as did those that featured the Personal Project, EAL and the academic departments. The contribution of our GCP parent body is an important chapter. The GCSSnow ski trip, Global Outreach to Vietnam and Tanzania, Model United Nations, Mindfulness, Desert Dance and the sports day and teams are but a few of the many events, and accomplishments that have made this an exceptional year in the history of our school.
None of these would be possible without the teachers and leaders, who have planned and run all these activities and programmes, sat on self-study committees, coached teams or led rehearsals. They go many extra miles and willingly take on additional responsibilities to give our students these opportunities. Much of their work is unseen, but without it little would happen. It is an honour to work with such a dedicated group of professionals.
The yearbook has a last page and now sits closed on my desk next to me as I write. Each chapter has its start and ending. It is time to bring the story of 2016-17 to a close. Next year’s edition will be even better, I am sure.
I hope that you will be able to enjoy some quality family time during the summer holidays, switch off and relax. Time just to ‘do nothing’ together, time to connect, laugh and refresh.