Next week we are convening a group of alumni, parents, staff and students to explore the future of the School. The title for this symposium is Waves of Disruption; Thriving in an Uncertain World. We do this every three or four years, and the outcome has always been fruitful. Below is an excerpt from the introduction to the event, to give you a flavour.
Since its founding 110 years ago, St. Michaels University School has pursued its dual purpose: to pursue academic success in an environment where the character and the self also grow. School House – restored and seismically rebuilt in 2006 – was built to last. The building represents our perspective on past and future. We are committed both to preserving our best roots; and to imagining excellence within these iconic brick walls for centuries to come. That spirit animates our purpose for this Symposium: to examine the currents that flow around us, and ensure that the students educated here can walk on the world stage as capably as students anywhere in the world, for years to come.
In just about every area of endeavour – educational, commercial, or social – currents are flowing that suggest the world is changing dramatically. Advances in brain research challenge our judgment on what works in the classroom. Technology transforms how we share our lives, our dreams and our knowledge. Financial upheavals occur with a rapidity that ignores rules and ignores borders. Do we need something to strap us in more securely in these waves of disruption? Or is it simply more of the same? Human nature doesn’t change, so should we just keep calm?
For that reason we have invited alumni from around the world – Alex Richie and her husband Wladek from Warsaw, Poland; David Chmiel, from London, England; Doug Freeman from New York, USA; Gargee Ghosh and Tony Quainton from Washington, DC; Rob Jawl, Chris Noel and Ann Glazier from Victoria – to speak at the event. We will have a day and a half of conversation, ferment and imagining the future. A great school always has its feet firmly on the ground, but its gaze on the future. Vivat.