Every day, when I drive onto the campus and walk through the doors of our school, I feel tremendously grateful to have the opportunity to be the leader of this wonderful institution. When our students arrive and the halls of the school reverberate with the sounds of children and teachers, my heart sings. The people who make up the SJK community are very special and I feel grateful to have been so warmly welcomed by everyone.
An attitude of gratitude is a very powerful mindset. Researchers in the positive psychology movement have determined that expressing appreciation is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Furthermore, expressing appreciation and gratitude not only makes you feel better, but it also has a tremendously positive impact on the people you are thanking. As Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club once said, “Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise.”
Today in Chapel our theme was gratitude. So it made sense for us to recognize the many excellent community leaders who organized last Friday’s Eaglemania. We had some help from Senior Kindergarten who decorated plant pots with our house colours and two Lower School students, Andre and Amelia, spoke on behalf of the student body to express our sincere thanks.
Eaglemania is the epitome of SJK. It is an afternoon of teamwork, house spirit, community, and most of all a great deal of fun. On behalf of all of us, thank you to our Parents’ Association, the Eaglemania Planning Committee (Mrs. Nalisha Sookdeo, Mrs. Jennifer Shingler and Mrs. Joanna Heimbecker), Student Council Advisor, Mrs. Julie George, our House Captains, our entire Upper School Student Council, our Student Council Support Group, Friends of Nepal and all our Grades 11 and 12 team leaders. Eaglemania 2019 was a tremendous success and we are very grateful to you all for your leadership.
As our House Captains rallied their respective house members in harmonious cheer for the penultimate Eaglemania event, the Cheer Competition, I couldn't help but feel grateful to be a part of this impressive community. Congratulations to Simcoe House on winning Eaglemania 2019!
Ms. Cheryl BoughtonHead of School