Have you ever imagined you could ‘dwell in possibility?’ Have you ever closed your eyes at times and wondered what you would become one day?
We sometimes forget how important it is to dream about tomorrow, about the possibilities that lay before each of us. At school, it can be easy to get caught up in the pressing routine of obligations, the struggle for good grades, the attempt to satisfy teachers and parents, or even the need to fit in socially.
But it’s more than that. It’s about being able to dwell, to live, in a place where you can dream of what could be possible. Learning isn’t only about facts and figures, tests and scores; it’s also about what we can make happen for ourselves and for each other. It’s about searching for meaning in our actions and in those of others. And to do that, we need to be able to imagine a world alive for us – a world in which we can play a positive role and create a better place for others and ourselves.
What is possibility? How do we create it? How do we dwell in it?
For me, it is a story. It is a story of listening, not only to others, but to oneself. It is a story about reaching out and grasping the outstretched hand of a student, a parent, a teacher, a friend, a neighbor. It is a story about the conversations and the experiences we share with the people we meet along our journey, perhaps on exchanges or service trips, at conferences or seminars or, closer to home, simply in the classroom or one’s dorm room.
It is the story of Ermitage, founded by Anne-Marie Thommeret, a woman of rare fortitude who reached out to many over a long and distinguished career and who encouraged the stories of literally thousands of young people. Today, Ermitage’s story weaves a rich educational fabric, animated by the IDEALS of Round Square, the pillars of UNESCO World Schools and the Learner Profile of the International Baccalaureate.
I welcome you to come and reach out with us. We promise to listen and to support your story. More is in you and in each of us … if we dare to dwell in possibility.
HEAD OF SCHOOL