By Jennifer Fuentes
This year’s Primary Winter School Extravaganza was a celebration of diversity at Keystone. The “Winter Variety Show” showcased students performing in a number of songs and dances, preparing the community to kick off the holiday season with a joyous and festive holiday spirit!
Primary school students and teachers worked very hard this semester, spending copious amounts of time perfecting their performances for the winter extravaganza. Hearts warmed and souls were made merry throughout the morning as parents, faculty, and staff enjoyed the enchanting performances on stage in the PAC.
At Keystone, each member of the community is dedicated to ensuring that all feel welcome in the school community. This was an especially important message this academic year, as we continue to collectively grow as a community, and embody the Five Values at the Academy. Diversity and inclusion are strengths in our community that each and every one of us embraces. Primary school students showcased a diverse range of acts from holiday traditions in China and around the world.
As Head of School Malcolm McKenzie wrote in the weekly community address in November on cultivating diversity and inclusivity at the Academy, “And so we welcome you in this same manner, greeting you with our minds and hearts fully open. What does that mean? Our open minds mean that we have no preconceptions of you. What background and which part of town you come from are not important. What is important is that you have earned a place in our community through your talent, motivation, and hard work and through your clear demonstration that you want to make full use of the varied opportunities to you here. Your honor will be earned internally, not through some status that you bring with you from outside.”
This special event would not have been possible without the dedicated teachers and staff at Keystone, and Teacher-Librarian Jennifer Fuentes who led the Winter Celebration Committee this academic year. Happy holidays to all!
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