As president of Avenues: The World School it is my honor to welcome you to the Avenues São Paulo family. I continue to hear about the incredibly talented group of faculty and staff that have been assembled to comprise our São Paulo team.
I am looking forward to welcoming you as we begin a new year at Avenues São Paulo. Our first weeks together will be memorable ones as we introduce you to life at our World School.
"Digo: o real não está na saída nem na chegada: ele se dispõe para a gente é no meio da travessia." Guimarães Rosa, "Grande Sertão: Veredas"
"I say: that which is real belongs neither at the beginning nor at the end, but rather reveals itself in the midst of the path." Guimarães Rosa, "Great Backlands: Paths"
You have accepted our invitation to join us on a unique journey. Why did we decide to start such an adventure? What will be the route? Where will it go?
The beginning of a new year, like the dawning of a new day, reminds us that the future holds infinite possibilities. I am grateful you have joined Avenues São Paulo because of your commitment to our mission, and I look forward to July when we join together to combine the impressive talents that each of us possess.
As I try to imagine the first day of school at Avenues São Paulo, my mind takes me back to all the first days I have been part of – these are always full of excitement, expectation and fresh ideas. Then I envisage the tenfold opportunity that this year will bring.
We will graduate students who are accomplished in the academic skills one would expect; at ease beyond their borders; truly fluent in a second language; good writers and speakers one and all; confident because they excel in a particular passion; artists no matter their field; practical in the ways of the world; emotionally unafraid and physically fit; humble about their gifts and generous of spirit; trustworthy; aware that their behavior makes a difference in our ecosystem; great leaders when they can be, good followers when they should be; on their way to well-chosen higher education; and, most importantly, architects of lives that transcend the ordinary.
Why do we exist? How do we behave? What do we do?