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A goal without a plan is just a wish.

Have you seen the posters all over our campus with our brand new mission and core values on them? Every classroom has its own poster and several larger ones are hung up throughout our campus. We recently translated these into Spanish and you will soon see the Spanish version in posters too. Why post our mission and core values everywhere?

Our mission and core values are the foundational documents that guide everything we do at our school, everything that we are about. I like to think of them as the promise that we hold up for our community, statements that represent our most sincere intentions, earnest goals for which we will continually strive. And because they are so important, we want everyone to know about them – that is why they are posted everywhere.

As many of you know, last school year we involved the community in a strategic planning process, which began by soliciting feedback about our strengths and areas for growth, looking at possible opportunities and potential risks within our setting and engaging in many discussions about goals for our future. This information was collected and analyzed, and then a group of parents, Board members, teachers, support staff, and administrators came together to ponder this information and then craft a new mission statement that would guide our way forward for the next chapter in the life of this school. We struggled together to write new core value statements that would hold us to a higher standard, as individuals, as members of a community and as global citizens. Far more than individual words can, our core value statements capture complex concepts and philosophical beliefs about what we value most.

Have a look at our mission:

We are an English language-based international learning community that values diversity, embraces a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence, and inspires empathetic and ethical student leaders. 

I believe that words can be powerful! See this video link that illustrates the power of the right words.

The words in our mission statement capture multifaceted, valuable, extraordinary concepts! And because they describe a state that we have not yet achieved as a school, our mission is inspiring, powerful, and ambitious!

Now, we all know that a mission written on a poster is not going to come alive unless it is truly embraced by our community. As Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of “The Little Prince” wrote, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”  Yes, we do have a plan to transform our school over the next five years, a plan to live our mission and be driven by our mission. Every member of our community – students, teachers, parents, office staff, guards, cafeteria workers, maintenance men, assistants, administrators – everyone has a role to play in making this mission come true. We need your help.

So: I have two questions for you:

1. What aspect of this mission appeals to you and why?

2. What can you do to make this mission come alive for our community? 

Please write me back in this blog – I am eager to hear from you!

Warm regards,