I fully admit that the title of my blog this week was not my own creation. As I spent time speaking with some of our parents at our Grades 9-12 Curriculum Night, one father indicated how much he had enjoyed the evening because it afforded him time to note the “faces of his daughter’s teachers” and hear “their philosophies, of teaching.” I appreciated the identification of the theme of faces and philosophies as it not only reflects our Curriculum Nights but also a School where the importance of knowing each other well and appreciating the diversity of philosophies and its benefits, is at the forefront.
Our girls are the beneficiaries of an excellent academic experience that challenges them to broaden their intellectual curiosity, to have courage to consider various paths, and to be compassionate as members of a strong School, local and global community. The girls’ experience is not something that happens by chance. The superb enriched St. Clement’s program is delivered in a purposeful way as a result of grounded research and philosophies, thoughtful practice and great enthusiasm. Most importantly though, as parents commented over and over last evening, the strength of our program is our dedicated faculty, who themselves possess the traits of curiosity, courage and compassion.
I often speak about the informal modeling that occurs in our building day-in and day-out as Grades 1-12 share their spaces and spend time in assemblies. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the powerful impact that our faculty and their passion for teaching and learning have on our girls.
We are blessed to have within our community the welcoming faces and diverse philosophies that contribute significantly to the unique St. Clement’s experience.