King’s Academy, November 5, 2015 — Excited moms and dads went back to school last week for King’s Academy’s Fall Parents Weekend, the annual two-day event where families “check in” with the school by meeting with teachers and advisors, and attending “mini classes” with their kids.
On Thursday morning, before an array of student performances entertained the community and some 200 parents in attendance, Headmaster John Austin spoke briefly on the importance of the performing arts at King’s.
“The teaching of art offers a powerful mode for education at its best,” he said. “It is profoundly important in preparing young people well for college, career and life.”
Courage, team work and the value of practice and failure are “capacities of mind and qualities of character that the arts are uniquely suited to impart,” Austin said, adding that one of the greatest challenges schools face today is “creating opportunities for young people to use their minds and intellects, to use imagination and creativity.”
Despite the dreary weather, parents were also treated to a series of athletic games in the Athletic Center, where they showed their support and cheered on their kids.
“Once you learn how to practice something, you can achieve almost anything you want,” Austin said. “The capacity to appreciate beauty is something you will carry with you for the rest of your lives.”