“Here is my secret. It is very simple: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – The Little Prince
The little prince will teach us this and more when we gather on Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 PM to enjoy our spring production. Both a fable and a fantasy, The Little Prince (inspired by the real-life crash landing of pioneering aviator, aristocrat, and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) is a philosophical meditation on the meaning of life – especially for those who are children at heart and have eyes to see and ears to hear.
I urge you to join us (…and bring a friend or two!) to experience this production, which has been a team effort by many people. The collaboration of artistic director Mme Evelyne Proulx and stage director Mrs. Chris Shoesmith, our production team and cast will share important life lessons through the eyes of the little prince (to be played by Pierce Howard, Grade 6). We will learn something about the limitations of our worldview as adults. We will learn something about friendship and responsibility. We will learn something about a hero’s quest.
At its heart, the character of the little prince may also teach us something about the importance of having a dream, which is vital for both individuals and institutions.
Dreams activate our goals and motivate our souls. Dreams move and inspire us. Dreams awaken our passion and pump life into us. Dreams provide direction, boldness, and purpose.
When we consider our students, I am willing to bet that every parent desires such a dreamscape for their child. When parents look through the eyes of their sons and daughters, I hope they imagine a hero’s quest. When schools like ours look through the eyes of our students, I hope we imagine the same horizon!
Is there an inspiring goal for the future of our school that energizes our minds, wills, and emotions when we think of our kids? If the little prince were to “crash land” among us, what might he ask?
- How can we fully honour the brilliant potential of our children during their fleeting elementary years?
- Are we living in alignment with our core values, so as to inspire a hero’s quest for our children and for the children of others?
- Are we ready to use our gifts to make a difference in our school of today and tomorrow?
And now, one of my favourite lines from The Little Prince – “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”
Wow! As adults, what is essential is sometimes invisible to our eyes, until it is at last revealed by our children.
Looking forward to seeing you all in the Sahara on May 9th where we are sure to spot an oasis!
Ric Anderson, Head of School