And yet these videos (and my messages) are incomplete
The untold story of these videos, as it relates to my school community, is that our success lies in our sense of community, which is rooted in faith.
Tom Hierck, who school visited our school, recently and wrote the following reflection:
I was particularly impressed by the commitment to create meaningful relationships and a culture of caring. From my viewpoint that's the biggest reason the school has a 100% graduation rate….
Our school has a special faith-filled spirit that consistently celebrates and embraces community. This is evident in the joy with which teachers, students and parents share their gifts in the many service opportunities available.
We personalize and individualize teaching so that all students have the opportunity to meet learning outcomes across the curricula. The school is proud that it has worked hard for over 15 years to achieve 100% graduation. I believe that our graduates are fuelled by the desire to be lifelong learners, to serve creatively and humbly and to promote the power of community in the world.
I am grateful that we had the opportunity to share our story through these videos. I proud of our students and staff and the hard work they put forth on a daily basis. I also realize that there were many other schools that could have been highlighted.
The students and teachers of the 21st century version of our school reap the rewards of learning and teaching in community and know to respect that these are the legacy of a previous century where our illustrious alumni, teachers and religious, fostered those seeds of community that endure so profoundly today.