Dear KES Family,
Thanksgiving may be over and all the turkey leftovers gobbled up, but this morning I have a greater appreciation for everything we enjoy and share here than ever before. One reason is that we live in such a safe, comfortable, and clean environment that the realities of the outside world rarely intrude. This morning I cancelled this year’s March Break Expedition to Tanzania. There are many disappointed students. I am disappointed too. However, sometimes disappointment is an indulgence. What we are feeling pales in significance to the very real horrors of death and disease that are faced by so many on a daily basis, especially those in the ebola-stricken nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. As the world braces and prepares for the possibility of an outbreak, we remain safe and sound here in Windsor.
The second reason I am thankful today is because yesterday I learned that a young cousin of mine, a Grade 12 student, suffered severe trauma to his head and brain in a skateboarding accident. He is in a coma and fighting for his life. His accident strikes even closer to home for me because I often see children skateboarding on campus and around town. At times like this the unpredictability and harshness of life can seem so unfair. We pray and hope and strive for the safety and health of our children. If nothing else, these moments when we witness suffering must remind us that we are indeed fortunate. I trust that none of our students take their health and freedoms for granted. How precious are the times in life when we have the ability to purchase, paint, parade, and paddle giant pumpkins? All is well in our corner of the world when there is peace and pumpkins in such abundance.
PS: On a much happier note, there is some superb talent coming to the School this year in a series of concerts, proceeds of which will go to enhancing our rugby pitch and bringing Herman Field up to IRB standards. Whether you are a rugby enthusiast or not is immaterial – the musicians are wonderful! The first concert is November 28th and features Dave Gunning and Allie Bennett. Tickets can be purchased online. Just follow the link on the KES homepage or click here.
This week in pictures.