The return of our students from their March Break adventures has included many tales of trips to sunnier climes and ski slopes. However you chose to spend your time (…and some of you are still not back yet!), we hope that you enjoyed some downtime with your children. We are also happy you returned them to us for a final term of learning before the summer. As you are aware, we are currently working on several projects that will mark the spring session, including our upcoming school production of The Wizard of Oz, along with a new season of field trips, sporting events and culminating assignments in several areas. Fortunately, the longer days will allow all of us to accomplish even more as the daylight and warmer temperatures encourage and motivate us.
One of the biggest projects of the spring will be our long-awaited Centennial Reunion weekend with activities planned to welcome our families, governors, faculty and staff – past and present – to our school on Saturday, May 26th. Matthews Hall will be open to the community from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on that day in the hopes that many of our alumni, friends and families will drop by to re-connect and help celebrate this significant milestone in the life of our school. There will be activities for children, heritage displays of interest, and refreshments for all! Please add the date to your calendar and plan to join us for a visit to bring a friend.
The day will culminate during our evening Centennial Gala at the London Hunt Club. Tickets are selling well as current and former families and friends save this important date to help celebrate our 100 years of heritage in the London community. We hope to see all of you at this gathering of friends in celebration of century of strength and permanence.
Clearly, an anniversary is a good moment to recommit to what we should never change. Our work must always be consistent with Dr. Kate Matthews’ original vision and our mission to inspire learning and belonging in a caring school community. What might not be so obvious is that a celebration of an enduring institution like ours should also honour innovation and change in response to the needs tomorrow’s students.
We are using our centennial to focus our future efforts on the twin goals of preserving the best of our valued traditions while energizing our school to respond optimistically to the fresh ideas demanded of a new millennium. We hope you will join us in this exciting venture.
Whether an organization is celebrating its 100th anniversary or its 20th, it should throw a party and make it a good one. And that is just what we are planning to do on Saturday, May 26th!
We hope to see you all there!
Ric Anderson, Head of School