Message from the Head of School

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On the first day of school 10 years ago, I remember standing in the middle of the gym floor. And I thought, “This gym must have been magnificent back in the day.” But as I looked around, it was obvious that it had lost its luster. Actually, it was a mess. Now, after the summer renovation, it is bright and cheery. Who knew such beautiful maple wood was hidden under layers and layers of varnish!

When the winter sets in, teachers and students will also be happy that many of our classrooms now have new windows. I know the Pre-K teachers are already pleased that their bathrooms have been renovated. I want to publicly thank Carlos, our custodian; he worked hard all summer and even came in during the Labor Day weekend to make sure the school was ready for the start of the school year. In all of my years, I have never known anyone who takes as much pride in his or her work as he does.

I would like to welcome our new families, our new teachers and our new staff members. All have shown a strong commitment to Catholic education. Our veteran teachers and staff are back and enthusiastic as ever. The school year is off to a great start.

I have been blessed to have been given the opportunity to be a leader at Saint Columbkille Partnership School. It is with mixed emotion that I announce that this year will be my last as Head of School. During my tenure, I have felt loved and supported by the beautiful community that is Saint Columbkille. I have watched over so many students as they have grown to maturity. I have mentored so many teachers who are making a tremendous difference. And I have engaged with so many parents who want the best for their children. The work has not always been easy, but there has never been a day when it was not worthwhile. It is always a joy!

I will take with me a treasure chest of memories. Of course, I will think about the construction and renovation projects. But more importantly, I will cherish memories of the joyful faces of the students and the hopeful faces of their parents. At the end of the year, I will give my keys to someone who will be surrounded with children who want to learn, teachers who love their students, parents who are partners in education and administrators who know what it takes to provide the best education possible. The school is well-positioned to have continued success. The facility is in good shape, there are no better teachers or administrators, the academic and co-curricular programs are amazing, the enrollment is strong, and the relationship with Boston College is better than ever. Most importantly, the school is committed a strong Catholic identity in the Jesuit tradition. Knowing this, I know that our children will indeed change the world!

I look forward to seeing many of you at our Back-to-School Nights tonight and next Thursday. I am excited for the school year and thank you all for everything you have done to make Saint Columbkille Partnership School the best school ever!


Dr. William Gartside
Head of School