Convocation 2017 Remarks

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. I am Ms. Petrone and I am the Upper School Director. I have the privilege of welcoming you all to this Convocation where we honor our seniors and we officially begin the school year. I would like to offer some thoughts about how to make this year the best academic year yet. Or, at least a really good academic year.

So, I was talking with some seniors last week about favorite genres of music and one of them said that they liked everything except country. I know that we have some country music fans in the room, but I am not a true lover of the country music genre. Yet, I was driving in the car with my daughter on Saturday and I was struck by the lyrics of the Tim McGraw song, Humble and Kind. In this polarized world with political turmoil, nuclear threats, horrific storms, and xenophobia all over the news, I wish that we could all live by Tim McGraw’s lyrics.

In the chorus, he suggests that we should:

Hold the door
say please
say thank you
Don't steal,
don't cheat,
and don't lie

He continues:

I know you got mountains to climb
But always stay humble and kind

For the seniors and everyone who studies or works hard to do well on a test, quiz or project, he sings:

When the dreams you're dreamin' come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride
But always stay humble and kind.
 
I love the message of this song that suggests that working hard, caring for others, and feeling proud of your accomplishments is important, but even more important is to be humble and kind.

So, as you go through the year I would hope that you could.

Hold the door
say please
say thank you
Don't steal,
don't cheat,
and don't lie
and above all
always stay humble and kind.
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Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.