From the Head of School

Magic Happened This Week...

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Alfred F. Dugan III

“The needs of society should determine the work of the school.” - Francis Parker

A Friday Thank You

I am so proud of our community. Magic happened this week and for that I am extremely grateful. 

Thank you to all who were present for Monday evening's Conversation on Community, Culture and Belonging at Princeton Academy. I am profoundly grateful for the work of the JEDI Committee of the Board of Trustees and for the support of our community as we seek to advance the imperatives of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion on behalf of our boys and our world. This is a vital moment in the life of our school. The image of our Sacred Heart remains open for a reason; thank you for making ours a community of belonging. For those who were unable to attend on Monday evening, a recording of the webinar can be found here for you to view.

On Wednesday, Princeton Academy launched the #HeCanBe Speaker Series by honoring and celebrating the making of Black History at PASH. Sean Bennett P ’22, James Gee P ’25, Lawrence Hibbert P ’19, ’21 and Tony Mack P ’22 engaged in conversation with our Middle School boys around aspirations, achieving goals and holding onto values. They encouraged us to “do for others and seek to make the world a better place”, to “always be the best version of yourself that you can be”, to “be an advocate and a voice for others when they feel like they have no voice”, and to “get out of bed, put one foot in front of the other and walk toward your goal everyday.” When our boys know that we believe in them, anything is possible. #HeCanBe a healthcare innovator; #HeCanBe a leader devoted to improving the lives of others; #HeCanBe a visionary entrepreneur; #HeCanBe an advocate. On behalf of our entire community, I would like to thank our panel for inspiring and uplifting us all and for being role models to our boys. 

On Thursday night we hosted an event for prospective families titled "Developing Boy Voice and Presence". After watching my colleagues share a dynamic and robust articulation of how signature programs at Princeton Academy develop voice and presence in our boys, I asked our student and alumni panelists, "how will you use your voice to make our world a better place?" Their responses: To build empathy and understanding of the other; to inspire others to use their voices for good; to create music that will bring peace, justice and equality to our world. Unscripted and from the heart, the way in which our young men communicated extemporaneously is evidence that our Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria truly do guide our students, our mission is being fulfilled one boy at a time and our vision is being realized with purpose. Please click here to view a recording of Developing Boy Voice and Presence at Princeton Academy.

Rooted in our Sacred Heart Goals. Driven by our mission. Guided by our vision. We are forming the character of young men who will use their voices to improve the lives of others and their presence to make our world a better place. This is real, Friends...This is purpose.

#HeCanBe...And for that, I would like to give thanks.

Wishing you peace,
Rik

  • #HeCanBe
  • JEDI
  • presence
  • social justice
  • voice

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