As I reflect on this year’s TKS theme of #ProudToBelong, I think about our School community and its rich cultural diversity, an attribute that we hold with great pride in the Junior School. This week, we come together to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, an occasion of profound significance for many of our students and their families. As a former TKS student and now Head of Junior School, I am honoured to be part of a community that is both diverse and united in its commitment to embracing cultures from all corners of the world.

My own experiences travelling through countries like Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam have deepened my appreciation for diverse cultures, particularly in Asia. My experiences leading educational charities internationally have solidified my belief in the power of global connections and the learning that occurs within our own community.

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, symbolises the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. Families join in the lighting of oil lamps, or diyas, creating an atmosphere of warmth and unity. This week, we learned more about Diwali in the Junior School, a time for our students of Indian heritage to share the significance of this festival with their peers. Learning about this in Community Time not only educates our students, but also nurtures an environment that values diversity and promotes cultural understanding. These skills are integral in preparing them for a future where understanding and appreciating diversity are essential.

I highly recommend you speak to one of our ELC educators around what they have been doing this week to celebrate Diwali. We had two parents come to School to showcase their clothing and read a Diwali story, and every student created a Diwali Lantern.

Our diverse School community is a source of strength and growth. Diwali is just one reminder of the importance of unity in diversity. Let us continue to embrace and celebrate the richness of our cultural diversity, learning from one another and nurturing global connections. I continue to be deeply grateful for our TKS community and always #ProudToBelong.

Mr Simon Cowell
Head of Junior School