Good Morning and Welcome Back To Joy International School!
I hope that you have all had a very warm and meaningful holiday time with your families. I can guarantee you that all the staff and teachers here at school have been thinking about you a lot over break and have missed you during the time away. Now, we are back together again, and it is so nice to see all your faces and hear all your voices. Here at this school, you are valued and cared for.
This morning as I walked outside, I could smell flowers for the first time. Take a deep breath. Can you feel it? Spring has arrived. And with Spring has arrived a great opportunity for us. Spring is the beginning of the new cycle.
Do you remember how tired we felt at the end of the last semester? By the end of the year during winter time, it is hard to find the energy. But now can you feel the new momentum? We are on the top of the mountain. There is energy to run down. Can you feel the wind? It will blow us from behind and give us momentum to move forward.
We have an opportunity to move forward with purpose and passion. Let’s consider our goals. I want you to know that the school supports you in your goals, but what is most important is that you understand your own goals for yourself. This is true about high school, middle school, and even primary school. You must consider what you are trying to achieve if you are going to be successful.
At this school, our goal is that each of you would feel safe and deeply cared for. Our goal is also that each of you would have hope and belief in a positive future. Our goal also that you would understand yourself and express your true self to the people around you. And finally our goal is that you would have high achievement in everything you set your mind to. These are our core values. Love. Faith. Integrity. Excellence.
If you can hold onto these, then they will influence you every day when you are in class, when you are studying, and when you are doing your exercises. If you can hold onto these, then they will spread into every aspect of your life. Once you can do this, then you are on the path to being truly successful in school and in life.
You cannot do it all at once. I want to encourage all of you to think deeply about your goal, and then I want you to make some small changes in your life in order to go in the direction of the goal. It doesn’t need to be something so big. The best way to change and grow is to make some small change in your habits and then stay consistent.
Now is the Spring time, and it is time to begin our new year with deep values and good habits. Let’s have a great year together. Thank you.