Reflections

25

May

2018

25th May 2018

Recent Reflection Articles

Goodbye for Now

Dalat International School has played a meaningful role in my family since the 1970’s.

Leaving A Legacy

Mr. Steinkamp did more than “stand at the helm.” He is affectionately known as Uncle Karl because of his deep investment in individual student lives.

Year of Growth

We are grateful that, over this year, SOPs have eased enough that we were able to spend a majority of the year in face-to-face learning despite starting the year online.

Finishing Well

Whenever we approach the end of something, whether it’s a job or a school year or a project, it’s easy to lose motivation.

I am grateful for a community of staff, students, and parents who have been patient and supportive during all the turmoil that the construction has created for us.

As I type these words into my computer, I sit in an empty office occupied by a desk, a plastic chair, and one filing cabinet. The “old” administration building has been gutted of all the furniture and other resources and is now just an empty shell. All the other administrative and support staff have scattered to other temporary locations around campus until we are able to move in to our new building later this summer. It honestly feels a little bit like I am the captain going down with his ship.

These buildings have served us well and the move to our new facilities is bittersweet. We needed new facilities and it is exciting (sweet) for us to be moving into them. That said, we look back on these old wooden buildings and are a little bit sad (bitter) to say goodbye. The memories of what has happened and what has been accomplished in these simple wooden structures will stay with us long after they disappear. Simply stated, the transition, move, and change that the new building brings is bittersweet.

Transition is never easy. It is chaotic, messy, confusing, frustrating, etc. We have been in transition to new facilities for three long years. It started with the construction of The CASTLE right in the middle of our school. Then last year we built our new residence life building (The Lighthouse) on lower campus and this year we took on the monumental task of constructing our new administration, high school, and auditorium building (The Harbor).

I am grateful for a community of staff, students, and parents who have been patient and supportive during all the turmoil that the construction has created for us. The noise, dust, and inconvenience of it all has not been easy for anyone. Yet the grace and patience that you have shown has been amazing and makes me so proud of our community. . .

Okay, so the movers have come and have now taken away my desk, chair, and filing cabinet. I am sitting on the floor in an empty office completing the last administrative task in this old and dilapidated, yet memory-filled building, the finishing of this article for the Dalat News.

In a second or two I will get up (slowly as I am now 50 years old), turn off the light, and walk out for the last time. An era of this school will be coming to an end (bitter) and a new one will begin (sweet). What an amazing time to be a part of Dalat.

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.
Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on tumblr
Share on telegram

Recent Reflection Articles

Goodbye for Now

Dalat International School has played a meaningful role in my family since the 1970’s.

Leaving A Legacy

Mr. Steinkamp did more than “stand at the helm.” He is affectionately known as Uncle Karl because of his deep investment in individual student lives.

Year of Growth

We are grateful that, over this year, SOPs have eased enough that we were able to spend a majority of the year in face-to-face learning despite starting the year online.

Finishing Well

Whenever we approach the end of something, whether it’s a job or a school year or a project, it’s easy to lose motivation.