The devastating news of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France shook the world this past weekend. During the news coverage, I found myself entranced by social media feeds filled with constant updates on the progress of the French firefighters, pictures of friends standing outside the iconic landmark, and reflections posted by many. Thankfully, there was no loss of life in the fire. While this was not the first fire at the famous cathedral, bearing witness to the event left us acutely aware of the potential loss of historical works archived by the landmark.
Over the past few days, my mind began to wander to the truly awe-inspiring places that I have traveled and those that our students have visited during their time at Brimmer. Different experiences and sites move each of us. Many of my strongest memories revolve around the mental images from my first experiences at places–stepping out of the tunnel at Fenway Park and seeing the bright green grass in front of me, seeing the morning mist dissipate over the Grand Canyon, exposing the breathtaking chasm in the Earth, walking up the steps of the Parthenon in awe of what humans had built, and experiencing the power of the Western Wall and Temple of the Mount in Jerusalem.
As a school, one of the reasons we believe so strongly in global education is to learn about different people and cultures, develop a more profound understanding of our world, and learn about the power and beauty of our planet. Having just returned from Winterim, we have confidence that the experiences students gained during that time has enriched their understanding of our world and helped them appreciate the richness of the people they met and the importance of the sites they visited both locally and globally.