Letter from Head of School
Several weeks ago I asked our middle and high school students what we value at Clariden. Here’s what they came up with:
1. Voice – Clariden values us using our voice and sharing our thoughts and ideas.
2. Creativity – We are encouraged to be creative and are allowed the time to be creative.
3. Freedom – We are allowed freedom as long as we’re responsible with it.
4. Growth – Clariden values us learning and developing – not just going through the motions of learning.
5. Individuality – Clariden values us as individuals and the aspects of ourselves that make us uniquely us.
6. Community – Clariden values and promotes a sense of community. We value each other and support each other.
7. Education – Clariden values a quality education and hires quality teachers who really care about us.
8. Developmental Health – Clariden values all aspects of our wellness not just that our grades are good.
9. Honesty – Clariden values the truth and promotes being people of integrity.
10. Respect – Clariden’s expectation is that we will be respectful to each other, to ourselves and to our community.
I have to say I was quite impressed by the responses of this amazing group of 11 to 18 year olds. They engaged immediately with the question and didn’t hesitate in defining what Clariden values. As the Head of School, what they identified made me beam with pride as this is exactly the type of culture the Clariden leadership and educators have been working to develop and instill over the past three years. Developing culture takes time, patience and an intentional effort – followed by reflection. Culture is important – very important as culture shapes us. Culture is everything!
“The thing I have learned at IBM is that culture is everything.” – Louis Gerstner