Head of School


Dear Friends,

It was with great pleasure and excitement that I welcomed our community back to campus during our fall term Registration Day on August 30th. It is always one of my favorite days of the year and this year was no exception. The campus was instantly filled with the energy and possibility that a new school year brings.

Following are a few of the remarks I made during the opening assembly:

Over the last 5 years the CVA community has worked hard to put our core values into practice. We have concentrated on civility, kindness and respect – embracing the notion of treating each other the way we would want to be treated. We have focused on feeling and showing gratitude and appreciation for each other, our opportunities and experiences. We have explored and put into practice the concept we call My CVA, Our CVA. The notion that each one of us has the right to reach for our dreams and goals and that we each have a responsibility to help each other in the pursuit of those goals.

Our intentional focus in these areas has led these values to become woven into the very fabric of our community. They guide each of us to be positive contributors to the CVA community where high expectations of ourselves and each other exist in a kind, respectful and supportive atmosphere. The result is a place, and a second family, we can be proud to be a part of. This is the CVA Way.

This year we will be exploring another CVA guiding principle - Commitment.  Commitment comes in two equally vital directions – commitment to self and commitment to community. Commitment is a pledge to a course of action and it is demonstrated by following through with the conscious choices we each make.

Commitment to Self involves goal setting, trying our hardest, honesty and integrity, and hard work. Commitment to Community involves positively contributing to our shared community and supporting others in reaching our goals.

Commitment is a choice. It is the connection between our values, intentions and our actions. Commitment inspires us to be, and do, our best. Behind all of our successes lies commitment.  Commitment is not a skill; it cannot be given to us, or learnt from a book - it is something that grows steadily from within.  Being committed can be hard work – but it can be incredibly fulfilling.  Throughout this year we will ask ourselves, are we committed? Are our choices consistent with our personal values and goals? Are our choices consistent with CVA’s values and expectations? The answer to these questions will not always be yes. We each will make mistakes and falter. It is in how we respond to these missteps that true growth happens. We will use these opportunities to learn, get back on track and remind ourselves of the choices and actions that match our values and support our goals.

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, author J. K. Rowling wrote, "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." This is so true…at CVA success is not defined by the number of races or competitions won. Or by the number of A’s and perfect scores. It is defined by our commitment. And our commitment is displayed in our choice to work hard and try our hardest. Our choice to be kind and respectful. And our choice to be grateful for this opportunity.



Kate Punderson

Head of School 


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