My office door opens onto the hallway leading to the classroom of the youngest students at our day school. They range in age from 18 months to 3 years old and they travel our campus by holding onto a rope. They are only as strong as their weakest link! One of the most important lessons I have learned from their teachers and from watching them, is that transitions need planning and intention. They take time.
I don’t like to admit this. For example, on my iPad calendar there is a feature that automatically gives you 15 minutes to transition from one event to another. I regularly disable this, arrogantly thinking I can do without that grace period. I am usually wrong.
Movements in the life of community take time too. We don’t move readily or smoothly from one major initiative or stage to another. We need time to prepare, opportunities to plan, occasions to reflect and evaluate.
It is for this reason that I am delighted to have David Coe moving from serving as our interim Head of School to the permanent position over time. He will assume the mantle of permanent Head in March. In part this is because of the needs of our School’s budget, but primarily it is so we can transition smoothly together. We will celebrate his new role in a service of installation. You will hear about that in time….