Dear Gulliver Community,
Each year, as the final hectic and amazingly exciting weeks of the school year unfold, I am frequently asked the question, "So, what do you do with the summer off?" And while sometimes I think how nice it would be if that were the case, two months off with no responsibilities to fulfill, I am actually glad when I respond that I will be busy with a number of projects at work, as well as thinking about how I can engage in activities and pursuits that are passions for me, or ways that I want to try to improve or learn new things. In short, summer, while definitely a time to relax (a little), is also a time to recharge and renew (a lot!).
For students of all ages, summer is also a time for fun, trying new activities and exploring new worlds and ideas. One of the best ways to explore is through reading. This summer we offered our faculty and staff a choice among five very different books which we will discuss together in August:
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande
One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together by Amy Bass
Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell,
The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson
The Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole by Roland Huntford
There are worlds to uncover through books, and I encourage students (and parents) to find good reads as well!
In addition, there are many more active ways to spend the summer, including camps (including our very own Camp Gulliver), jobs, and internships (our Alumni office has helped set up a number of these for our students, and will be glad to assist you). Students can also try new pursuits, such as learning a new language on one of the free apps that help you get started, learning a new skill such as coding, or practicing for a sport (it is always interesting to me to learn how a champion works in the off season, when no one is watching, to stay ahead of the competition).
So yes, summer is a time when we are less scheduled, but not necessarily when there is less to do. For me, I'll be working on important school projects, reading, working on my Spanish again, staying physically active, and enjoying the wedding of my daughter. I look forward to hearing from any of you who want to share what your summer activities included!
With Gulliver Pride,
Head of School