Well, here we are at the end of another year. Our Yorkies’ tunics and kilts will be put away for a couple of months to be replaced with shorts, sun hats, bathing suits, and flip flops. As summer begins, I can smell the hot dogs roasting on sizzling hot BBQ’s and hear the splashing and laughter of our Yorkies as they enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. Many will be off to summer camps and others will be learning new skills as they start their summer jobs or internships. Many of our families will be packing up their bags and heading off to create memories at their summer cabins or with friends on the beach. Whatever your plans are, this is a time for busy families to take a break and enjoy the best of what summer has to offer.
As we wrap up our year-end activities, it is a great time for us to reflect on an outstanding year. Our dedicated faculty and staff, having offered yet another incredible year filled with engaging learning experiences, also look forward to a well-deserved summer vacation. As I officially complete my first year as Head of York House School, I can’t help but be extremely grateful for their incredible hard work and devotion to our girls and their learning.
Recently at our commencement ceremony and the graduation banquet, our 2019 grads also expressed their deep appreciation for their teachers. They, along with all our Yorkies, have enjoyed a year filled with exploration, learning, and self-discovery. In my commencement speech, I shared with our grads that as they move on with their post-secondary journey, they will at times be faced with challenges and opportunities and that in addressing both, they will certainly be faced with taking risks. These are the tips I shared with our grads which I think can be applicable to many students and as adults as we refine our ability to take risks and make sound decisions.
On that note, whatever decisions and vacation plans you have made for your family this summer, my sincere hope for all our families is that you enjoy an incredible and restful time with your loved ones. I leave you with a little video compilation of summer vacation suggestions offered to “Marshmallow” (my lovable bear) by some of our creative Junior School students. Happy summer everyone!