There is great satisfaction in watching them grow up, whether a parent, educator, or both

I’m sure many of you have heard a variation of this line, “Enjoy every moment, because you’ll turn around and they will be all grown up.” When my children were younger, there were days when I believed this statement couldn’t be further from the truth. However, now that they are 18 and 21 – I find myself sharing this cautionary tale more often than not.

As employees at a school, we also get to watch our students grow up in what seems like the blink of an eye. It is difficult for me to comprehend that many of this year’s graduates were in Grade 3 my first year. Whether a student attends CDS for two or four years of high school, for Middle and Senior School, or from JK, SK or Grade 1 all the way until Grade 12, thereby earning the title of Lifer, CDS faculty and staff experience a sense of pride watching our students mature, emerge from their comfort zones, and find their place in the world. 

That is why we enjoy showcasing them throughout The Link magazine, on our blog, website, in the local media, and on our social media channels. Our students are works in progress, while our alumni represent the final product. Upon graduation, they become ambassadors for their school and fine examples of what an education with balance can produce.

The Fall 2021/Winter 2022 edition of The Link celebrates some of our student leaders who are spearheading diversity and inclusion, social justice and sustainability efforts at CDS. These young people have spoken out with courage and conviction and are advocating for change on issues they are passionate about. Read their story in the Growing Mind piece titled “Students learn better and achieve more in diverse and inclusive spaces.”

May 2022 bring you continued good health, happiness and a return to CDS at some point (fingers crossed) for the start of our 50th anniversary celebrations in September!

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