A Clean Slate

On Tuesday of this week I had the pleasure of welcoming new families to Trinity College School. By the time you are reading this blog, I will have had the opportunity to welcome all students to the start of a new academic year.

Of all the benefits afforded to a young person’s participation in the life of a school, at the top of the list, for me, is the opportunity for an annual fresh start or a “clean slate.” (Parents, as adults, are not so fortunate as to have this annual sea change of an event thrust upon them each year!)

Whether it is a student’s first year at TCS or their eighth, a new academic year provides the chance to begin again. And, this does not just apply to trying new activities that surround them, such as participation in new courses and new sports, arts and community service activities. Oh no, it’s bigger than that! A student is able to address their “inner” selves, too.

After a summer (or longer, thanks to the pandemic) of being away from a school, kids often have physically changed. Maybe taller. Hairstyle is different. Voice has changed. But, thanks to adolescence, maturation and life experiences, there may be some other aspects of themselves that they would like to change. Maybe they want to work harder; to persevere and prove themselves to others. Or, aim to be a nicer person to people within the community. To be more highly-regarded by peers and faculty may be their goal. Be more grateful, positive or optimistic. Be thought of as a leader in a particular area of interest.

The start of a new academic year is the kids’ equivalent to adults’ New Year’s Day – but with far more to gain!

I would encourage all parents to have a chat with their kids about what they are hoping to accomplish this year; both as an actively engaged participant within our learning community and as a motivated, maturing leader, consciously striving to be the best person they can be.

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