All three campuses came alive this week as students returned from their summer holidays or arrived for their first year at SMUS. Our students from kindergarten to Grade 12 all attended assemblies, met their new teachers and tried on their new uniforms.
Junior School, which welcomed 48 new students this year, had the first full day of classes for Grades 2-5 this Thursday, with a half-day for Grade 1. Director of Junior School Nancy Richards began the morning assembly the same way she does every year, by reading the story “A Sense of a Goose,” which illustrates several important lessons.
Geese fly in their trademark V-shape, because it allows them to cover greater distances. “As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the following bird,” explained Ms. Richards. By travelling this way, the whole flock can cover a much greater distance than if they flew alone.
“People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going faster and easier, because they can rely on one another,” said Ms. Richards. When the lead goose gets tired, it moves to the back of the flock and another goose takes over. This teaches us to take turns doing demanding jobs.
“Do you know why geese honk?” asked Ms. Richards. “They honk to encourage those flying up front to keep up their speed.” She reminded students to be like the geese, and to support one another.
Before the end of the assembly, Grade 5 student Emilia Siletto shared a poem. Emilia, who has been writing poems since she was in Grade 2, wrote a special piece to welcome all the new students:
It’s hard to be new,
You might not know what to do.
You won’t know the school song,
But soon you’ll belong!