Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Graduation


'Hakuna Matata'











This past week WMS hosted its annual Sixth Grade Graduation Ceremony. This year’s graduation theme was Hakuna Matata - a Swahili phrase that is literally translated as "There are no worries."

Graduations come at very vital points in our lives. These special rituals are not simply the end of an academic phase; they mark the transition from one stage of life to another - the continuation of the "Circle of Life."

Many of our WMS graduates have been members of our Montessori community since preschool. It has truly been an honor and privilege to observe and participate in each and every one of these students' Montessori journey. To reflect upon their individual journeys, each graduate wrote and presented a poem titled, “Where I'm From.” Their reflections ranged from music and art to Odyssey of the Mind to experiences with specific Montessori teachers or materials. The common and resonating thread of student’s poetry was their ending line: “I am from Wilmington Montessori School”.

Maria Montessori once said, “Give your child a vision of the Whole Universe.” As we send our 2011 graduates onto their next segment of life, we are confident they are equipped with the vision, knowledge, skills, independence and inquisitiveness needed to succeed in their next segment of life. In other words, for our WMS graduating class, "There are no worries."

The graduation ceremony was a time to celebrate our students, their achievements, as well as their hopes and dreams. Congratulations to the WMS Class of 2011!

Read a full recap and view photos of our 2011 graduation festivities in a special edition of our weekly newsletter.

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