“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss
As this will be my final piece of writing from Dąbrowskiego, I wish to reflect on my time here at this amazing setting. It has been extremely rewarding seeing the Early Years Centre at Dąbrowskiego transform since I first arrived. It has become a vibrant community of learning and achievement, where students from various parts of the world learn together, play together and make friends, each and every day. Watching the students’ enthusiasm as they excitedly arrive for lessons every morning has shown me how much our school means to them.
I will miss the tangible buzz of excitement about learning in a truly dynamic community where
every child, every parent.... where everyone, matters.
As I reflect on the past three years, I believe it is fair to say that we have helped our students enjoy their learning at school and hopefully this has set the foundation for them to keep on learning after they move to new schools, wherever they may be. We have celebrated the importance of students becoming effective communicators and powerful listeners, allowing them to make effective presentations, enjoy reading and writing and have many opportunities to perform. I have found that helping students to appreciate their strengths, their favoured ways of learning and supporting them in areas that they need to develop has helped them to become truly effective learners. It has always been my desire that the students who come to Dabrowskiego are happy and make a positive contribution to their friendships, their learning, the wider community, their family, and their school. We have certainly provided our students with numerous opportunities to learn to work in teams, contributing as a leader and a follower.
I am delighted that our students have been able to enjoy school in a child centred, purpose designed building. We have introduced and used technology to promote learning as we want our students to be technologically astute using it appropriately, responsibly and for the greatest impact on their own learning. We celebrate the students’ creativity, talents, skills, knowledge & understanding in meaningful and exciting ways.
One of the key elements that makes Dąbrowskiego unique and special is the importance we place on service. It is something I am very proud of and which I have seen make a tremendous impact on our students and community. Service is the different ways in which we help other people. You as parents have been instrumental in partnering with me to support the different initiatives during my tenure at our school. The significant role you have played as partners in this learning journey can in no way be diminished. Your support and constructive feedback has been outstanding and I would not have been able to achieve as much as I have without your unwavering dedication and commitment.
I look back on my time with great pride and a tremendous sense of accomplishment and wish you every success for the future as you continue to make the British School Warsaw your first and only choice.
In conclusion I leave you with these words from the ‘Irish Blessing’:
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.