Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is with some sadness that I draft this final weekly newsletter to our community. The last few days have been incredibly affirming for me as a school leader, and I truly appreciate the kind and generous words that have been shared about me and with me directly. As I cast my mind back over three years ago to the school I arrived in, it seems very distant indeed. We have come a long way. Through every step of the journey, many people have been involved and EIS is only where it is today because of the support of its community. Sincerely, I'm grateful to you all.
It was wonderful to see so many of you at the opera house last week for our Presentation Day and Graduation Ceremony. As ever, it was an occasion for celebration, humour, reflection and just a little bit of regret. That is, after all the nature of looking back. My congratulations to all the award winners, our performers, and of course our graduates. Given the growth of the school, we are not sure if we will be able to use the opera house again next year or if perhaps we will rethink the event completely. As always, happy to hear your suggestions.
Yesterday, we had a superb Early Years End of Year Show, one of the highlights of their calendar. Lovely performances from the students accompanied by big smiles and the occasional laugh from our parent audience. It must be one of the most heart-warming events of the year. Congratulations to our preschool students on the successful completion of their early years. We all wish them the very best as they move into primary school next year. I was truly charmed by the surprise song at the end. Thank you all for joining in!
On Wednesday this week, I had lunch with Sean, the incoming Head of School, along with the Parent Council. I am pleased to report that there was a distinct air of positivity and enthusiasm that always accompanies the dynamism of change. Sean shared his significant experience with the parents and is clearly keen to get started once his current assignment is complete. Like the rest of our senior team, he will arrive a week or so before the rest of the teachers so is sure to be well prepared for the year ahead. I am really pleased that this connection has now been made as we all know how important community relations are at our school.
School finishes on Wednesday next week, please be reminded that there are no ASA's on Wednesday. Report cards will be released on Wednesday, along with the Yearbooks. I wish you a wonderful summer ahead.
EIS is a wonderful school with a bright future. I will miss the charming educational village that we have worked so hard to create and look forward to seeing it grow from strength to strength from afar. Look after the place for me. For sure, I will be back again soon and look forward to catching up with you again one day.
All the very best,
Head of School