As I see our students, faculty, and administration during the day, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes about mission from Gandhi, “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” It only takes a walk through the hallways or a glimpse of a class at APH to know the truth of these words. As you know, our mission is to educate, enlighten, and empower young women to live and to lead exemplary lives. This mission embodies our reason for being and how we aim to serve our students. It is what gets us up in the morning, guides our actions throughout the day, and fuels our dreams.
We set aside time today for our Community Day for students, faculty, and administration to come together to discuss, express, and learn how our mission affects each individual. We asked these questions:
What does it mean to you to be part of a community?
What does it mean to live and to lead an exemplary life?
In what ways have you experienced the APH mission?
As members of our community shared their thoughts with each other, it was incredibly powerful to see our dreams of why we actually started this school reflected back to us by our students. Our students are confident and poised, insightful and honest, thoughtful and kind. We also learned where we could improve and provide more opportunities for connection and encouragement.
Our gathering today marks the beginning of an intentional effort to create time for greater community building and collaboration. We are implementing weekly all-school meetings with our entire student body, faculty, and administration, with time for discussion of how we can continue to support our mission. I would encourage you to ask your daughters about their thoughts on today’s meeting.
Thank you for your support; we are honored that you are on this journey with us. We believe women will change the world. APH educates, enlightens, and empowers them to do so.