It has been a year full of excellent surprises, perfect IB results, the launch of our stunning MIT-inspired STEAM facilities, amazing concerts and plays, introducing our Olympic gold medalist and high performance coach to the school, fantastic sports performances and wins, great expeditions to far flung countries, success in Maths competitions and enlightenment in Model United Nations and UNICEF events.
But, it is all soon to be part of ‘last year’. As yet, we have not discovered how to turn back time, so where we find ourselves today is a reflection of where we have traveled through all our yesterdays. We cannot re-make it, we can only reflect (if we are wise) and ponder what lies ahead. So, soon we will be approaching the eve of 2018 and thinking about those ‘resolutions’ about the future and about how we want the new year to be.
It does not seem to matter how old we become, there is always lots to ponder and reflect upon and new directions to be considered. But I wonder whether there is an age at which one is ‘too young’ to seriously reflect on a whole year gone by? Maybe the twin challenge of being reflective AND being able to recall a whole year is a step too far? If so, then perhaps somewhere during students development at school, there is a tipping point, when maturity allows lessons experienced to become lessons learned and when lessons learned become resolutions for tomorrow. I believe that to be the case, and our learning experiences are structured not only to produce the finest academic results, but also to provide the rich, nurturing environment that allows such a maturing journey to be traveled.
So, wherever you are this Christmas time, if you find yourself reflecting on 2017 and contemplating 2018, thank you for all the support you have provided school this year, we could not do it without you. And when, like us all, you plot a course for the year ahead, whether it takes you to Jakarta, like our outgoing Vice Principal Niki Meehan, or simply to the gym, a new skill set or determinedly towards an A*, just remember: Be Ambitious!
With very best wishes to you and your loved ones, wherever you are this Christmas, have a great holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back to the BISS family in 2018.
Dr Neil Hopkin, Principal