There are many advantages to a small school: the family feel and community, the ease with which you can connect with your child's teachers and with your child's peers being important ones.
It is that sense of connection that we value highly at Horizon School, and want to see develop rather than diminish as we grow.
I firmly believe that knowing and being known as a person inside and outside of school, as a part of a rich and authentic community, provides children with a strong basis for a sense of identity and a growth in confidence.
All good parents, like you, want their children to grow in confidence in social situations, to grow in connectedness, to be actively involved in the community as a contributor, and to want to learn and grow throughout their lives.
At Horizon, this is also really important to us, and so we look forward to seeing all of you at the Parent Picnic and Parent Meeting on Thursday night.
Please come! You may not realise how much it means to your child to know that you are connected in with his or her world of school. But I can assure you, your child is proud of you and wants his/her family to feel a part of the community along with everyone else.
At the meeting you will have the opportunity to meet your child's friends and teacher, hear about the way the class will work this year, and learn more about camp (for Years 4-8). It will be a relaxed and fun night.
You will be sorely missed if you can't make it, but please give the office your apologies if this is the case.