Welcome back to our returning families and a very warm welcome to our new families.
I am really excited about my second year at LAS. What I experienced last year demonstrated to me a high level of professionalism and commitment from our Board, our Administrators and our teachers toward building a solid foundation for all our students. I also came to know a parent community who is interested, involved and supportive of our efforts. I thank you all sincerely for this and look forward to working closely with all of you again this 2016-2017 school year.
As an educator and someone who is passionate about learning and sport I have a strong desire to promote team cohesion — through respectful interactions on the part of everyone, where responsible voices are heard, where responsible choices will always be supported. The messages I highlighted last year will further be reinforced this year:
- Respect: Show respect for yourself, for others, for your education. This means coming to school on time, ready, willing and able to learn.
- Staying informed: Read the announcements. Read the Friday Flash. Read and familiarize yourselves with the Secondary Handbook and other systems we have in place for communication.
- Support: If there is anything you are unclear of or do not understand, come and speak to us. We are here to support you.
- Partnership: We encourage the vital partnership between the home and the school. Let’s keep the channels of communication open.
To be educated means more than to possess knowledge or skills; it’s about the ability to learn and learning is more than grades. Learning is acquiring and developing a skill set, learning is a process that each individual needs to follow in order to gain true understanding. Here at LAS, we believe the learning process is equally as important as achievement. We believe too that an educated mind is an open-mind, mind that has the ability to learn and understand different ideas and concepts, which in turn will equip the person with a broader, global perspective on our constantly changing world.
The learning process also requires students to demonstrate character, integrity, honor and the making of smart choices. Here at LAS we hold our students to a high standard. We have the responsibility, along with yourselves, to prepare young people for their entry into the wider world beyond the walls of LAS – a world where character, integrity and honor are needed to ensure they secure a respected position in the global community.
This year there will be some changes. These are changes which I believe will be to the benefit of everyone, changes which will be our momentum to further improvement. Be sure to read our weekly Friday Flash to find out more about these changes. With an ever-changing world, change is not something to be feared. Change is good and education plays a key role in preparing students to be change fit. If your goal is that of a successful, empowered future, then place education at the top of your list. It is the best investment you can make.
The secondary team and I look forward to getting to know you and your children. Let’s make it another fantastic year! Welcome.
Secondary School Principal
Lahore American School