A little like the turn of the millennium, 2020 is one of those auspicious years that has been long anticipated. I am sure that you too may well have been asking, where will I be? What will I be doing? What will life be like? I don’t think Belgium ever featured in any of my own flash-forward moments, but here we are, an unforeseen but thoroughly interesting chapter!

Coming back to my blog after the winter break, I am reminded by my notes from a half-written December blog that the term ended with an academic focus, with much of the school engaged in end of semester exams, alongside some gorgeous community occasions – the Winter Show, Art Vernissage, Santa Lucia. But I had also noted down ‚A complex world‘, a sentiment that is perhaps even more resonant this side of the decade‘s turning point, given the unfathomable situation unfolding in Iran, the fires raging in Australia and Brexit inching ever closer. As an international school delivering the IB throughout, the IB Mission Statement feels as pertinent and essential as ever:

“The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect“

Returning after the break it is almost a relief to step back into the energy and force for good that is encapsulated in the students and staff within the school. In this week alone, I see students organising a St John’s TEDx event, Grade 3 engaging in work-shadowing, High Schoolers preparing for a Model United Nations Conference in The Hague, our Head of English/Language & Literature in converstaion with renowned educator Clarissa Farr as part of our Speaker Series and students across the whole school taking an active part in improving our eco-credentials. I hear staff and students having great conversations in classrooms and corridors. I read fabulous applications to universities and colleges where our students‘ passion and desire to make a difference sings from the page. And this is just a normal week at St John’s.

Put simply, our students are simply in rehearsal for being the game-changers, thinkers and leaders of the future. 2020 and beyond? The future is in the making.

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