The Head's Vantage
Welcome to The Head's Vantage - a blog examining important educational topics by Andrew Webster, Head of School.
Dear Wardlaw+Hartridge Community,
As we near the winter solstice, and the days grow shorter and darker, we seek the light. Religious and cultural traditions honor the light and speak of it returning to the world and spreading among us, and we look to the future with hope. When we gather clothing for those in need, we do so with hope that it will ease their winter burdens. When we send Christmas letters to young immigrants detained in the Tornillo detention center, it is with hope that the care evinced in the cards will bring hope to those who receive the cards. When we serve local elementary school students with tutoring and after school activities, it is with hope that they will be encouraged to see that they are valued and can set ambitious goals for themselves. When we work with refugee families, it is with hope that they will be strengthened by the sense that someone walks with them on their path toward new community.
Light is a powerful metaphor, but there are different kinds of light in the world. Some light blinds the eyes, while other light illuminates the spirit. As you gather with friends and family in the darkness of December, may you find the light that leavens your soul.
In the glare of neon times,
Let our eyes not be worn
By surfaces that shine
With hunger made attractive.
That our thoughts may be true light,
Finding their way into words
Which have the weight of shadow
To hold the layers of truth.
That we never place our trust
In minds claimed by empty light,
Where one-sided certainties
Are driven by false desire.
When we look into the heart,
May our eyes have the kindness
And reverence of candlelight.
These poetic words of blessing are taken from John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us. I wish you all a peaceful winter break and look forward to welcoming you back to school in the new year.
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