Nancy’s Note 15/06/2022

Time to Create and Dream

We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream. — Robert Coles

This is the final Choosing Times of the 2021-2022 year. And what a year it’s been! All of our students, staff members, and families have shown tremendous resilience in the face of challenge. I want to take a moment to make special mention of Grade 5 and 6 students, who, in the past three years, have learned in 3 different locations, persisted through extended periods of remote learning, and taken on leadership in a whole variety of ways that have changed our community for the better. Most recently, we had our very first Pride Awareness Day, followed by a joyful Pride Parade. We are so proud of our Grade 5/6 students and teachers, their many accomplishments in the MabinLEADs program, and their achievement of the Ian Hawkins Spirit Award. They are worthy winners.

Yesterday, we celebrated our graduating class – a heart-y and hard-y group of students consisting of 11 unique individuals, each very much their own person. Gentle buddies to their younger schoolmates, these young people are more than ready to take on the world! We always like to share where our graduating group is going in Grade 7, and this eclectic bunch has made an eclectic array of choices for their next schools.

We are confident that they will do well wherever they go next, and that they will quickly rise to the top as original thinkers, adaptive leaders and caring citizens in their new learning environments.

To our students who are leaving, we know we are sending you out into the world with the skills you need to be successful. Come back for the Mabin BBQ on Thursday, September 29, 2022 and tell us how your start of the year has gone. Join us again for the Winter Solstice Festival on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, and for Mabin Day on Thursday, May 18, 2023! Make these events an annual tradition. Wherever you are off to next, thrive! Be well! And stay in touch!

To our staff who are leaving, you will always be an important part of the Mabin story. Thank you for giving so much of yourselves to this magical place. Your legacy is the relationships you created here, and they will continue.

To all of our Mabin families, we wish you a summer filled with rest, relaxation, and serious play. In her article, “The Importance of Play,” Karen Bilich writes: “Play is so important in child development that it’s been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child.” In fact, Bilich quotes the American Academy of Pediatrics as recommending the following guidelines:
Give kids ample, unscheduled time to be creative, to reflect, and to decompress
Encourage your children to engage in active play (running around or playing tag) in lieu of passive entertainment (video games or television)
Spend unscheduled, unstructured time together with your kids
Summer is the perfect time to practice playing. Psychiatrist Stuart Brown, founder of The National Institute for Play, says, “Play has the power to deeply enrich your adult life, if you pay attention to it.” All of us at The Mabin School hope you have a summer full of joy, love, and plenty of play. We look forward to seeing you back at 50 Poplar Plains in September. Check your email in July and August for more information about the move back home. Have a happy and safe summer!