Letter from the Head | Somerset College
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Letter from the head

Great schools can never stop thinking about how to ensure the relevance of their offering.

Especially in an era of so much change, schools must be dynamic if they are to remain relevant and serve their communities (and the world) well. As the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, put it at 2018’s World Economic Forum, “The pace of change has never been this fast, yet it will never be this slow again.”

For this reason, our ESTEAM innovation curriculum has adopted the slogan “Think. Challenge, Change.”

We believe that the programme has the potential to benefit our students and the members of our surrounding communities for generations to come by better equipping them to discern and take advantage of the opportunities that will come with the shifts and disruptions of the new world of work. Among the host of expert commentators who have articulated what might be done in order to achieve this state in education and in the economy, we recommend, for your consideration, the thoughts (respectively) of Sir Ken Robinson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&t=493s and Jeremy Rifkin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJQXIrR8bxg&t=1908s.

None of this means that we should do away with traditions or with reverence for the contributions made in the past, but it does mean that we must constantly be thinking about how our world is going to change so that we can adapt the preparation of our students to equip them for what is emerging.

And so, we work to graduate people who so esteem themselves, their country, their world and their fellow citizens that they refuse to do any less than their very best to stretch their own aptitudes, to take ownership of their learning and to make the utmost of the access that they have to human, infrastructural and technical resources.

We aim to graduate people who are comfortable with new technologies, who are adept at working with others, who are skilled integrators of information, and who have the vision and dispositions necessary to see opportunities and solutions where others see threats and problems.

We aim to graduate people who think and behave ethically, who both see and respond to the moral imperatives of their time, and who love and care for the natural world, respect and care for their own bodies and minds, and have compassion and empathy in abundance.