2016-17: Giving Thanks

2016-17: Giving Thanks

June 2, 2017

With just two weeks left in our school year, we inevitably and appropriately turn our attention to thinking about events in the year past and preparing for the year to come. While each of us may carry different feelings about the 2016-17 Academic Year, the challenges faced and milestones achieved, I do believe it is important to identify those things for which we can be thankful. Certainly, I detect in my own reflections an abiding sense of personal gratitude for the many and varied learning experiences of the past year.

As the Head of School at The ISF Academy, I have the privilege of working with a large and growing number of dedicated, highly committed and professional educators, administrators, managers, specialists, and support staff. I am grateful to each colleague who calls ISF their professional 'home‘ for their energy, creativity, and loyalty over the past year. A strong sense of engagement in professional growth, research, and personal learning pervades much of what happens behind the scenes. Our teachers are passionate about the art and science of teaching, fiercely proud of their students, and tireless in their curiosity about the learning process.

Our parents also give us great cause to be thankful, for both their past support and the contribution they will make to the future growth and direction of our unique school. Each ISF parent has made an active choice to become a part of our learning community. In making this choice, each parent is not only wellplaced to make a unique and lasting contribution to learning of their own children, but to volunteer their time and energy to support others.

Finally, and most importantly, I am always grateful for the energy, enthusiasm, and excellence of our amazing students. As 'cheerful high achievers‘ our students throw themselves into their learning each day, exploring worlds both real and imaginary, as they journey from childhood into adulthood. The ISF 'spirit‘ is evident in so many aspects of student life at our school. Our students are proud to represent their school in an increasing number of activities, competitions, and events – cultural, academic, and athletic. Increasingly, others are coming to know about our school, largely through the achievements of our students.

Clearly, there is much for which we can be thankful and much that should give us confidence for great things to come in the next academic year. In the next week or so, I would encourage each member of the extended ISF family to take a moment and voice private thanks for the year finishing.

Dr. Malcolm Pritchard
Head of School

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