Dear Members of the Rocky Hill School Community,
A beautiful and warm summer is coming to an end. The happy sounds of a successful Summer Enrichment Academy still echo over our campus. Pre-season sports practices are well underway. I assume that new backpacks with the latest superheroes and Frozen figures await the first day back-to-school photos.
The rituals of educational institutions are important markers in the lives of children. As adults, birthdays and New Year celebrations are the few remaining markers of our advancing years and, hopefully, greater wisdom. But our children pride themselves with each advance up the educational ladder. What a mark of distinction to move from Preschool to Lower School, and then to Middle and Upper School. And grade by grade, we as parents and teachers need to recognize that developmental advance with the privileges of increased responsibility and freedom.
It is not easy to let go of control, even incrementally. But for our children's sake, for their sense of self-confidence, and for their self-worth, we have to respect their need and capacity for greater independence. Children do differ in their pace toward adulthood and we must respond thoughtfully to those differences. But there are lessons which need to be learned, earlier rather than later, about the responsibilities of freedom. Small mistakes made early can teach a student how to avoid such mistakes later when they hurt more and do greater damage.
So let us welcome the new school year and the new person your child and our student has become. New adventures and new ideas will continue that growth. Keep those first day pictures as memories of a moment in their lives but take pride as they grow into remarkable young adults. At Rocky Hill School, we are eager to welcome them back and to work with you in a partnership on their behalf.
All my best for a great school year,
Head of School