We are well into the school year already – the summer flew by, as it does, as did the first few weeks of the new school year.
But autumn is where it’s at for BASIS.ed. I think Yoko Ono had it just right:
Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.
It’s safe to say that there’s a little bit of innocence, exuberance, reverence and perseverance in each BASIS.ed school – but this time of year we look a bit more reverent at what we do, and how lucky we feel to be back in class.
BASIS.ed now manages 23 schools around the world – including five new schools that have just opened for the 2015-16 academic year, among them our first international school, in southern China:
Beyond the freshly sharpened pencils and clean notebooks and whiteboards, our students can of course can identify their fresh start with simplicity: they’re in a new grade, taking new courses, studying with new teachers.
For us, the beauty of the academic calendar is that there’s no sense of “same-old” for our teachers and administrators, either. Our school is filled with teachers who also have that clean-slate feeling when the new academic year kicks off.
It’s a feeling of reverence that we have for our students, following a summer of exuberance while we prepared for them, by preparing ourselves.
It’s a similar feeling that the notion of a great school brings to mind at any time of year, only more pronounced when summer passes into fall: the feeling that anything is possible, and even probable, but you have to get up and do it.
Exuberance, then reverence.
The feeling that you can know anything, and therefore you can do anything, within your scope of hope.
We wish a very happy approaching autumn to our students and their families. We hope the school year started well for you, and brings you closer to whatever you wish for.
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