Dear Members of the Southpointe Community,
Education is… the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
– G.K. Chesterton
I have always liked Chesterton’s quote. Its simple elegance connotes the fundamental importance of education in the lives of our children and of our broader society. As I reflect back on my twenty-five years and counting in education, and as I embark on the next phase in my career here at Southpointe Academy, I invariably return to what it means to teach. I subscribe to education philosopher Thomas Sergiovanni’s notion that teaching is a moral act. It is an act of social good to teach another human being, to help them become more knowledgeable, to learn new skills, to understand themselves and the world around them.
Education can be viewed as a moral enterprise, and as teachers and parents, we are at the forefront of it. Parents, the first teachers of their children, recognize the great responsibility in helping their children grow and develop from the youngest age onwards. Parents also recognize that one of the greatest gifts they can give their children is that of a great education.
It is my privilege and honour to be joining Southpointe as Head of School. When I visited the School in December, I was struck by its strong sense of community, perhaps most visibly evident in the warm relationships between teachers and students. The opportunity to lead Southpointe represents more than just a professional choice for me; it represents a lifestyle to which my family and I come fully committed. Moving from Mulgrave School, I will be joined at Southpointe by my wife, Coralie, who brings with her an extensive PYP teaching background, as well as several years of working with the International Baccalaureate Organization in various leadership roles. Our two boys, Callum (Grade 11) and Kameron (Grade 5) will continue their education at Southpointe, having started in IB programmes from the time they were three- and four-years old. We have been part of wonderful school communities at Mulgrave, Stratford Hall and Meadowridge School, and we look forward to experiencing that same kind of connectedness and shared purpose here at Southpointe.
Southpointe has reached an exciting time in its growth and development. It has many strengths and has achieved several milestones in its relatively young history – a beautiful, modern facility; a talented teaching staff; a supportive community of parents; and a wonderful locale with a growing constituency. I am excited to arrive in time for the next chapter of Southpointe and the strategic expansion of the 4th floor that will add new spaces to our School, enriching the experience of students. Equally important are the strong guiding statements about what the School stands for in its mission, vision and values. These form the bedrock of its community and culture, the foundation on which high quality teaching and learning are laid, and the call to deliver a holistic education so that its students will make a positive difference in the world.
The School’s mission to involve, instruct, and inspire our students to learn, lead, and succeed will serve to constantly inform our decisions and guide our course moving forward. It forms the basis of a covenantal relationship between parents and the School to deliver an education that serves the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of our students.
I would like to thank Dean Croy, outgoing Head of School, for his collaboration in making my transition as smooth as possible. He leaves behind a solid foundation in bringing Southpointe to the place where it is today. I look forward to working with all stakeholders – parents, students, teachers, alumni and Governors – to realise the vision of the School to its fullest extent possible. I look forward to instantiating Southpointe as a leading school in British Columbia, Canada, and in the global network of international academic institutions. Southpointe is a school of reputational excellence, and a place of learning that lives out its tradition of being one school, one heart.
Head of School