At our recent Town Hall, I referenced the top questions that I have been asked over my five years as Headmaster. In addition to the likelihood of a hockey rink on campus, and what keeps me up at night, I am often asked, “What is different about a Crescent education?” There are many ways to answer this question, including the quality of our faculty and staff, the focus of our administrators to lead in a time of change, the commitment of our parent community to support the school as partners, and the contributions of our students to enhance school life for all. The list goes on. Sometimes these features are called our “secret sauce.” However, there is not anything secret to how great schools operate in support of their mission. Rather, it is made explicit in how people show up each day.
Last fall, I led a group of Crescent students to Anaheim to attend the People of Color Conference and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, presented by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). There was a moment when all the principals, headmasters, and other school leaders were called to the stage. Given that this was a conference celebrating diversity, the people on stage were of visible, cultural, social and religious differences. Some of them resembled me and my family. For me, and surely others, this moment was extremely emotional and gripping. I took a picture of the leaders on stage and sent it to a few close friends, telling them that I wanted to be up there one day.
Imagine if all of our students saw this mosaic of leadership and opportunity. Imagine if our students further strengthened their awareness to be globally engaged citizens, an aspiration of our Portrait of a Graduate.
Crescent School teacher Alicia Hawryluk's Grade 10 history students demonstrated their knowledge of World War I by presenting board games, dramatic debates, architectural models, propaganda posters and other creative projects.