Reflections

17

August

2018

17th August 2018

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As I am sure it is quite obvious to everyone by now, Dalat has gone a little overboard with this whole nautical theme (pun intended).

This can be seen in the names of our buildings and is a big part of the design of our new high school building, appropriately called “The Harbor.” We have designated places around the campus using this nautical motif and so you will see signs for starboard, port, the deck, the reef, and so on. Our high school classrooms are named after important harbors around the world and our new student goals are no longer called “ESLR’s” but instead Flagships and Student Outcome Statements (SOS). We will talk more about those next week.

The funny thing is, why didn’t we do this sooner? There are very few schools in the world located right on the ocean and we are lucky enough to look out every day onto the Straits of Malacca, one of the most historically significant water ways in the world. It was time for us to embrace our nautical heritage.

As we started to get in touch with our inner nauticalness (yes, a made-up word!), I began spending time learning more about flags. What I had never realized is how important flags are out on the ocean and how much they are used to communicate very important information. Ships will often use flags to communicate to other ships and there is a system of flags that are used by ships all over the world. For fun, I thought I would use these flags to communicate something very important as we start this year.

Anyone know what word is spelled out with these flags? If you do, I would be quite impressed. For the rest of us landlubbers I will elaborate. These nautical flags are spelling out the word “welcome.” To our returning students and parents, we say “welcome back.” The international school community is a transitory one with people coming and going and we are just so glad to see familiar faces we know coming back on campus. To our new families, we say “welcome.” We truly mean it. We are so excited to have you join us and for you to become part of what we believe is the best school community around.

Like any family, we have our faults and we are not perfect. Like brothers and sisters, we will disagree with each other and sometimes irritate one another to the point of wanting to walk the plank. But in the end, we are a family and a community and our hope is that our new families will quickly “know the ropes” and will “drop anchor” and be a part of Dalat for many years to come.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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Recent Reflection Articles

Be Thankful

It’s important to take a moment to be grateful for the people and things that are truly important in our lives.

Dalat News Respecting Others

Respecting Others

Respect has always been highly valued at Dalat and demonstrated by our students, staff, and parents.

We’re Purple for Mr Karl

Many of you know that our former Head of School, Mr Karl Steinkamp, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over the summer. November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.