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Community Connexions News

Have a Great Summer!

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Dear Mulgrave Community

Incredibly, it is here: the last day of school. As our students leave today, we know most will be excited with the anticipation of the summer ahead while a few others will be a little sad about changes that either they or their friends are experiencing. And some will feel both. I, too, feel those mixed emotions at the end of the school year. It's a time to celebrate all that we have collectively accomplished, but I'm always a little melancholic to say goodbye to our graduating students and the few families and colleagues who are moving on to pastures new.

This year has been so remarkably full. I declare that every year, but with the celebration of our 25th anniversary and the educational impact of the new West Wing, I think we can say this has been one of the most exciting times that we've had here at Mulgrave. If you'd like to take a nostalgic walk down memory lane, I encourage you to peruse the online depiction of our first quarter century.

The opening of the West Wing and subsequent renovations were much anticipated and have not disappointed as they are already impacting student learning in a really positive way. I hope you were able to take a flip through the Donor Impact Report that was linked from Connexions last week. It really does tell a wonderful story of how our students and faculty are using these beautiful spaces. The piece also recognises more than 400 individuals and families who stepped forward to contribute to the MPower campaign, which has officially reached its $12 million goal! We are so incredibly fortunate to have such a generous community, which has been the case since the inception of our school. Having me thank you for your support is one thing, but having our students do so (and creatively, I might add) takes it to the next level. I hope you enjoy this fun piece that they put together to 'rap-up' this major fundraising effort.

As a final note to our 25th anniversary, I hope it's not too bold for me to ask for one last birthday gift to the school. We would appreciate it if you would take a few moments to complete a rating on Google reviews (click on Write a Review on the right-hand side). We know that many prospective families read community comments when they are researching the best fit. An increasing number of job-searching educators also use this resource to dig into schools that they are considering. We have no shortage of wonderful, well-qualified applicants on both fronts, but we still always want to put our best foot forward.

While they were big, these special events merely punctuated the prolific and remarkable student accomplishments, faculty achievements, and community connections that make Mulgrave such a special place. There are far too many specifics to list here, but I do want to express my gratitude to the many volunteers that make our school tick. Our Board of Directors, MVP, and all parents and relatives who contribute their time and expertise are so vital to our school. You not only make things happen, you also set a wonderful example to your children about the value of supporting your community.

The school will experience a very different pace over the coming six weeks. Throughout July, we will welcome hundreds of students from Mulgrave and beyond to our Summer Programme. We're offering a wider range of sessions than ever before and are beyond the registrations that we've had in the past. And on July 31st, we will open the school to all of you to enjoy a viewing of the Celebration of Light fireworks display. We have a magnificent view from the Rooftop Garden, and I hope you will join us (please RSVP). The first few weeks of August will be relatively quiet, but by mid-month, we'll be in full swing again. Please watch your email for instalments of the Back To School Package, which will walk you through everything you need to know about the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

And finally, I would be remiss if I didn't ask you to mark the date of our fall gala on your calendars! Galaxy of Wonders will take place on Saturday, October 19th at the Parq Hotel. We're looking forward to a fabulously fun event, where we can all reconnect and welcome new members of our community. Please watch for ticket sales at the end of August.

Whether you are heading off on exciting adventures or looking forward to some quiet time at home with loved ones, or perhaps even the best of both worlds, I wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable summer break. I know your Divisional Principals have also written send-off messages to bid you well, please click on the divisional links below to read them.

I'll see you in August!

John Wray
Head of School


Morag Harris' message to Early Years parents

Karyn Mitchell's message to Junior School parents

Melissa Moore's message to Middle School parents

Chiara Tabet's message to Senior School parents