Welcome Back to the Hilltop

The first days of school always brim with possibilities. What will the year hold for us? How will new programs be received? How will new students react to St. Luke’s traditions such as first week field trips, service days, and opening assemblies?

During this week’s assemblies, I’ll talk with students about the St. Luke’s Honor Code. I like to tie this pillar of SLS culture to current events (this year – Lance Armstrong) so that students connect it to “real life.” As I reread the code, as I do every summer, it struck me that our most fundamental beliefs are the guard rails keeping St. Luke’s grounded as we pursue new experiences and embrace a changing education landscape.

It all brings to mind a discussion I had with several international colleagues during my trip to New Zealand (which I wrote about in an August letter to parents). While focused on the concept of building resilience in students, we explored the word’s etymology and discovered that resiliency means more than bouncing back to an original condition. Resiliency also refers to an ability to retain shape while changing and moving forward. (Think of a ball bouncing forward.)  Aha! That explains why this word resonates so…St. Luke’s is resilient, a characteristic we want to pass on to our children.

I plan to have more conversations in the SLS community around this topic of resilience. Our secret to success has been our ability to maintain all that is good (tightly-knit community, strong service ethic, excellent academics) while evolving and embracing new ways to develop lifelong learners and socially responsible citizens.  How exciting it is to know we can continue to bounce forward…together.

It’s good to be back and fully connected with the St. Luke’s community.

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