What an amazing first week it’s been! It has been so exciting to get started and to have everyone back on campus. While some of us have been here for a while (this is my tenth year), others are new to the school. I encourage all of you to get involved and find your place. As we begin the school year, I like to imagine our school community as one of our sports fields. At the end of a school year it is tired and has bare spots in it, but when we return in September, it is green and lush after a summer of rest, seeding, water and fertilizer. If you look at it, you cannot tell which grass is left over from the year before and which grass is new this year. All of the grass has grown. The work done by our fabulous grounds crew allows all of the pieces to come together, thrive, and create a space for soccer, lacrosse, baseball or softball.
If we play this metaphor out, we are all tired and a little worn out at the end of a school year. Our seniors graduate, some faculty members retire and they leave holes in our community. The administration and the admissions office find students and teachers to fill those roles. When we return in September, it is hard to tell who is new and who has been here for a while. Okay, you can probably tell that some teachers have been here for a while, but we are all eager to embark on a new adventure, together. We are ready to teach some classes, read some books, write some computer programs and speak a different language. We are ready to join clubs, sing a new song, score some goals, and build a robot that will be better than it ever was. The only way that we can really excel as a school community is for everyone to get involved, get excited about the start of the year, and get ready to grow.
As I mentioned during Convocation, I hope that you will be an active part of the community and help our school grow into something that is even better than it ever was. Plan to be a strong participant in class and in co-curricular activities. Ask questions because those questions help you and those around you to gain a deeper understanding of what you are studying. Make a promise to yourself to be prepared for your classes each and every day. Take a risk and join a club where you know no one, but the club interests you. Above all, sleep, eat and exercise so that you can grow this year and fill your part of the field!
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.