Over the past two weeks as I prepared for the start of a new school year, at a new school, I could feel the sense of excitement building inside me. On Friday, as were putting the final plans in place for “Opening Day”, it struck me that I see Labour Day weekend as my practical New Year’s Eve.
Having spent the majority of my life either in school as a student, or working at school’s, this time of year is filled with so much optimism. It can be a time for a fresh start for some; others will come to our building tomorrow with an opportunity to build on successes they realized last year. And there are others coming through our doors with no expectations because they have never attended a school in Canada before.
I think that one of the things that makes tonight so much better than the traditional calendar’s New Year is that beginning tomorrow, people can literally see the new opportunities in front of them. Students will likely be in classes with at least some new classmates, not to mention new teachers. Teachers and staff will in turn have new students and see first hand, how former students have grown and matured over the summer. As an Administrator we see the excitement (and yes sometimes trepidation) of this new year on the faces of everyone in our building.
Whatever tomorrow brings you, I hope that you can take a moment to watch and enjoy the energy that this New Year’s brings.
Happy New Year!