On behalf of my colleagues – the talented and dedicated faculty and staff of Punahou School – it is my honor to share our collective understanding of the Class of 2018: that they are excellent in local, national and global contexts; that they are brave and bold trailblazers, and most importantly, that they are kind and caring.
When kids are hurt in schools anywhere, it hurts us all. It robs us of potential futures. It shakes our feeling of closeness, protection and of safety; it rattles the windows of the spaces we build for ourselves, our families and our loved ones, including our dear students.
We believe that learning, and the opportunity to demonstrate that learning comes to our students in many ways: expected and unexpected, in and outside of the classroom. A group of Punahou faculty and students participated in the 7th International Conference on Education and Social Justice in Honolulu earlier this month.
Our faculty and staff are a global community. While many of them were born and raised in Hawai‘i, there are as many who have chosen to make Hawai‘i and our school their home. One of them is Chaplain Dr. George Scott. He is the wonderful Academy Chaplain who hails from the great city of Detroit (where he took a group of students for G-Term last year!) Here he shares some reflections on his time visiting home over the Thanksgiving holiday. He reminds us of our enduring commitment to make education better for all of our children. Because all children are our children.
When our school community envisions the type of learning that the Learning Commons will facilitate – engaging, meaningful, transdisciplinary and project-oriented – one of the first questions that emerges is: “That’s nice, but what about applying for colleges?”