A LETTER FROM THE HEADMASTER
Dear Parents, Alumni and Friends,
While test scores, curriculum, college placement records, even athletic successes are often heralded as measures of a good school, the true touchstone of the quality of a school’s culture lies in relationships – the many bonds of friendship, respect, good will, and open hearts and minds that signal a community that cares.
At the core of such relationships is a commitment on the part of teachers to know each student well, and to value the variety of talents, contributions, and personalities that Canterbury embraces. Our accreditation visit last year captured this well as the team commended Canterbury for its “remarkable growth while simultaneously preserving the palpable warmth and intimacy of its small-school roots.”
Certainly Canterbury has enjoyed both growth and successes in abundance during its relatively short career, and we have been richly blessed in many ways. None of this would have been possible, though, without the vision and passion of its founders (many of whom are still actively involved in school life), the commitment of a uniquely talented and capable faculty, and the support and trust of many dedicated parents and friends. As I meet each year with alumni around the country, as I talk with parents whose children have graduated, and even as I spend time with teachers reflecting on their lives and roles at Canterbury, the central and common theme is of a place where deep and lasting relationships are formed. Again, the words of those who evaluated us last year ring true: “Despite its size, students and adults-alike still refer to the school as a family, and the deep affection and loyalty that characterize the best in families are plain to see at Canterbury.”
Over the years, the Canterbury Fund has provided an opportunity for the many friends of the school to show their appreciation for what this school means to them – to say thank you, and at the same time to challenge us to do more, and to do things even better, creating that margin of excellence which makes for a great school. We are truly grateful for their support, and we accept the challenge, believing that Canterbury is a school that makes a difference, both in the lives of our students today and in the lives they will touch tomorrow.
And at the heart of all the relationships that sustain us as a school, we may each know with certainty, as the song says, that at Canterbury “There are friends to greet me.”