Recently, I attended the annual VAIS conference and had the opportunity to share with, and learn from, peer schools and educators from around the state. Of particular interest to me was the keynote address on “The Gift of Failure” presented by Janet Lahey. Ms. Lahey, a parent, educator, speaker and writer explored the value of setbacks within a supportive network as opportunities to develop autonomy and confidence.
As I reflect on the points made in the address, I can’t help but think of the network of support we provide our students. For example, the Upper School’s assembly prior to Homecoming and Mr. Thompson’s comments to students centered around cheering, playing hard, having fun, making good choices. His comments were bookended by Dr. Proctor sharing his pride in the spirit displayed over the weekend and joy in seeing them safe and sound on Monday morning.
As parents, you may not hear of all the supportive, caring conversations taking place on campus. Students may not always share assemblies or a teacher’s words of encouragement with parents. We are passionate educators who care deeply about the whole child. Please know we partner with you in providing both academic opportunities and safety nets as they grow and develop.