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Message from Ian Robinson, head, Middle Division

ianrobinson2Just a brief update this week after two four-day weeks which sandwiched the November long weekend. I trust that you all enjoyed the break and that your sons returned to the Prep invigorated and ready for the six-week run in to the next and far longer holiday.

Tuesday’s return to school marked one of the most important days of the year and of every year. It’s our responsibility as parents and educators to ensure that our young realize what sacrifices have been made in the past which have allowed us and them to enjoy living in this remarkable country. As I wrote to some parents recently, we all have our stories to share or not as we see fit, but the messaging associated with Remembrance Day remains a top priority for all of us. And as this year showed us all too clearly and tragically, there are significant challenges that remain, indicating that the present as well as the past, unfortunately contributes to the special day.

For the very first time in my life, it was my particular pleasure to be present at three Remembrance Day services: one for SK-Form 3; one for Forms 4-7; and one for Y1-IB2. All three services did enormous credit to the students involved and each one had its significance and its sincere rationale. Indeed, they all were profound and profoundly moving – the presence of veterans, most with a UCC connection, only added to the importance of the occasion.

Speaker Chris Vollum addressed the Middle Division yesterday afternoon and then the parent body last night. He speaks so clearly about social media and, of course, held the students’ attention for the whole hour. His supportive, optimistic message was so helpful as we all struggle to concentrate on the benefits and dismiss the negatives associated with social media. It was an instructive and thoroughly valuable event for sure.

That’s all for now as the gentle snowfall is reminding us that the seasons really are about to change.

With very best wishes and looking forward to seeing you all in the halls.

 

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