This week saw my return from the annual Nord Anglia conference for senior leaders in Les Martinets, Switzerland. It is the only event, of many organised by the group, that brings all principals and senior leaders together under one roof. It was a memorable and important conference, one in which company values, vision and direction were again articulated strongly, displaying so well the thought behind the organisation, its desire to see outcomes for students, staff and parents front and centre in all its activities.
Bringing everybody together in this way, despite the group's global reach (currently there are over 42,000 students educated in NAE schools in 17 countries) is a wonderful way to hear of what other schools are doing in their regions. Learning from each other never stops; we always have opportunities for self-improvement and challenge.
I was reminded of this particularly in our one out-of-conference activity; for me, a hike through the stunning Alpine mountains. It was certainly not always easy going but the views were most certainly full of great beauty, when one lifted one's eyes from the rugged terrain, with great company and stimulating conversation along the way. The group photo accompanying this article is of the principals from the South East Asia region, admirably led by Shaun Williams. It is indeed a very collaborative and close group of dedicated educators focused on one goal - reaching as many young people as possible to enhance their life experiences. It is for me both a privilege and a welcome responsibility; and being greeted on my return to school with such warmth by the students confirmed why we do what we do.
It's been a busy week but a valuable one. Nord Anglia and the school are in great shape, an educational group to which students, staff and parents can be proud they belong. Of course, a great deal too has been taking place in school too. I hope that all those who attended the various events which I could not personally attend have found them uplifting, informative and bonding experiences too.