Welcome back after what I hope was a pleasant holiday for you and yours!
I’m pleased to invite you to attend HKA’s first formal music recital, which will be held in the theatre next Friday, 15th April at 5pm, followed by a reception. The response to the call for auditions was enthusiastic, and music teachers Nick Antolini and Lee Holt have organised a wonderful evening for us all. The music recital is another great example of parents as partners at HKA. Over the years, several parents have encouraged the school to hold this sort of event, which is a great expression of the school’s commitment to pathways to individual excellence. Several parents have been key to getting this event off the ground and for that we are grateful.
This week and next week are important ones for professional development at HKA. Many of our faculty and staff are participating in a course on cognitive coaching, which emphasises deep listening skills and effective communication. Over the last three years, more than 70 faculty and staff have taken the training, with some of us receiving training to be trainers, for our own community and beyond. As Head of School, I feel it’s one of the most important skill sets we cultivate in ourselves as we engage our students as thoughtful and precise communicators.