Welcome to another year at Matthews Hall! Some people may think that a new school year is “just another year”, but to children, it’s always a new year of adventures and possibilities. Thank you for choosing to entrust your child’s education to us. We do not take it for granted and are committed to working with you to provide the best year possible. As we emerge from under the pall of the last few years, there are many things to celebrate as the year gets underway. Welcoming many new families along with our returning students is among the most important.
We are also grateful this year for our beautiful new Early Primary Learning Centre (EPLC) – the result of an extensive design and renovation project to ensure we are providing our students and teachers with the best possible facility in which to learn. Bright and spacious and soon to be adjacent to a purpose-built kindergarten playground, we could not be happier with the result! Thank you for your patience as we see this important project through to completion. We are just a few weeks away from the final exterior touches that will reflect the special regard we have for our littlest students.
As we move forward together this year, we invite and look forward to your partnership and optimism to ensure each student has the best experience. The elementary years are fleeting. To ensure each child’s year is filled with growth and opportunity, the adults must be committed to working together in mutual respect and support. On behalf of the faculty and staff of Matthews Hall, I pledge that we will do our utmost to be consistent, creative, and conscientious in all we do for your child. If you ever have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher directly (or the appropriate member of our team), and we will follow-up with you.
We know that the first few weeks of school are always a bit hectic and filled with changes. This is often true in homes, too, as parents and children make the adjustment to a new year of routines.
We wish you the very best as you adjust to a new school year. And we also welcome a year free from pandemic obstacles and impediments, as together we return to a more normal way of “doing school”!
And as Robert Fulghum once said, “…it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world – it is best to hold hands and stick together.”
I think we should all do that every day. Enjoy the weekend after a busy first week!
Ric Anderson, Head of School