Aristotle tells us that “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. His words resonate with me personally. As an academician, I appreciate the premise that an individual’s cumulative actions can result in a fantastic end product. At KIS, we have taken this even further. We have taken action, will continue to take action - this year and every other year, collectively, and I can only pay tribute to the outcome. We have had a remarkable year at KIS and the school has grown from strength to strength.
Traditionally, many would see one of my roles as a teaching and leading role. I have been fortunate this year to learn a great deal myself. I have learned that KIS is the sum of all our actions and that each child, parent, teacher, staff member and Board of Management have all acted together to further enhance and develop Motivation and Excellence in our School.
I have seen our Board of Management giving focused and knowledgeable expertise to provide solid financial and strategic direction for KIS. I have witnessed our parents, giving selflessly and enthusiastically in a fellowship and supportive role. We are grateful for the positive, motivating role that they have played.
I have continued to learn that the teachers at KIS are a remarkable group of individuals whose collective actions deserve our thanks and admiration. We need to find the words to thank a teacher and to pay tribute to their actions, in the classroom, on the sports field, culturally and musically and probably most importantly, the guiding and nurturing role that they play on a daily basis in their students’ lives.
KIS’s boys and girls have also contributed to the successful outcome of KIS. Through their actions they have shown motivation in the classroom and grasped the opportunities available to them with both hands. They have worked hard and played straight and they have been fine ambassadors to the School, their parents and most importantly – to themselves.
We are all destined to make choices and those choices do largely control our actions. I am most fortunate and grateful that KIS is filled with so many motivated people who make positive choices, which ultimately lead to so many meaningful and productive actions.
The two basic processes of education are knowing and valuing, according to Robert J. Havighurst. I know how motivated and committed everyone is to KIS and I value each and every stake holder’s input and determined motivation in the classroom and in the broader school community.