by Craig Coutts, Head of School
It is hard to capture the sentiment behind the rollercoaster ride the 2021-2022 school year has been. The various cancellations, postponements and reconfigurations of plans and events due to the continuing pandemic juxtaposed with the excitement of moving to our new campus was certainly overwhelming at times. It has not been an easy year for our community and yet we have come through this together, intact and excited about what we have achieved and what is ahead of us.
The highlight of the year has to be our new campus. After many years of planning and negotiation, January saw all our the hard work and dreams come to fruition - albeit with a brief false start when we had to close for a week after just one day on the new campus. However, we are here and we are loving it. The new campus maintains the feeling of a home just as our Yamate-cho campus did, and it has opened up opportunities for growth that we had always hoped it would. It is now a reality we can all really be excited about.
At the PTSA AGM in May, I thanked the PTSA team for all the work they have done over the year to keep the community together. The situation we faced made this almost impossible at times but they persevered, and when we were able to open up the campus to parents once again they jumped on the chance to bring people together as much as possible. I want to thank the many PTSA members again for all their hard work and to all of you for taking advantage of the opportunities they created for you.
I also want to thank the teachers and administration staff for their efforts throughout the year. One thing we love about the new campus is the openness and the ability to see the learning and operations that go on everyday. It has allowed us to see the quality of work that everyone does and offer living proof that everyone is here for the students and dedicated to ensuring that their gains in learning are at the centre of all they do. Please join me in thanking them for all they have done.
Finally I would like to celebrate and thank the students. This year has been challenging for them as much as anyone. The restrictions they have had to navigate at school and in their personal lives have been many, yet they have continued to learn with dedication and excitement and give of themselves and look after those around them.
It is at this time of year we unfortunately have to farewell many members of our community, including students, staff and their families. Being an international school we endure this cycle of change every year but we should be grateful for the connections we make and the growing network we have around the world. For all of those leaving us, I thank you for all you have given to our community and I wish you all the best for your new adventures ahead. Remember... once a dragon, always a dragon!
Safe travels and happy holidays ahead and I look forward to seeing returning families in August.