Traditional & Innovative
HEAD OF SCHOOL WELCOME
2020 is the year that will be remembered for unprecedented events that challenged and changed the world, and the many learning experiences that will remain with us forever. Most significantly, 2020 reinforced the immortal words of John Donne that “no man is an island.”
This year, we witnessed events emanating from a wet market in “faraway” Wuhan, China, cause the world to pause. International industry and global economies ground to a halt. Super highways cleared and megaships took to harbor. Hospitals pleaded for help to ease the pain, panic and pandemonium precipitated by a rampant pandemic. We all held our breath.
Our campus closed, and we pivoted to “e-learning/remote-learning/distance-learning “and the term “social/physical distancing” became the societal expectation. As the world shifted on its axis, it became evident that life, as we knew it, would never be quite the same. 2020 ushered in a new and uncertain normal.
Through these novel experiences, we learned to better appreciate some of the simple things in life – like a genuine hug or simply being together in person with family and friends. As the world held its collective breath, we witnessed Nature breathe through pollution-free skies, fish return to clean streams and birds sing in quiet cities.
Further tragic events, protests and unrest continued to remind us of this year’s overarching lesson - that our global community is a tightly interwoven neighborhood; that we are all interrelated and inter-reliant and whatever affects one directly, affects all of us indirectly. In the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: “We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny and injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Never before has international-mindedness, respect for diversity and global awareness been more pertinent. Never before has inculcating in each of our precious young people the core values of empathy, compassion, humanity, humility, intercultural understanding and respect, as well as an appreciation for diversity been more relevant and critical.
As the world has shifted, and new norms have been adopted, Somersfield Academy has shown herself to be the school for a fresh tomorrow. In 2020, our school Vision of “Inspiring socially conscious independent thinkers” is more valid than ever.
As we commence our 30th anniversary year, our foremost priority will be to ensure that we protect the health and safety of our students, staff and families, while remaining true to our school mission and the overarching Somersfield Promise.
The theme of this school year is fittingly, “Preserving the Promise – championing change and building a better normal!”
Most importantly, given the students’ return to campus following the extended remote learning experience, our primary objective will be to ensure that:
Every child, every day feels connected and cared for;
Every child, every day is being challenged and inspired by new learnings and experiences and
Every child, every day knows they have a champion who they can turn to.
What is special about our Somersfield community is that our “champions” include members of our entire family working together in partnership - all committed to making a positive and enduring difference in the lives of our learners.
While our 2020-21 return may not be the traditional “normal,” I am confident that if we hold true to our mission, vision and core values, our school will continue to be an exceptional and dynamic place of progress and innovation - where excellence and opportunities abound for all!
Welcome to what I anticipate will be a remarkable year filled with hope and promise, as we create a better normal and develop courageous leaders to shape our new and more closely connected world community!
Head of School