This past Saturday was a busy one around the Sekolah Ciputra community. Sembako Murah, supported by over 40 High School students, brought hundreds of local community members out to campus to take advantage of the PSG’s wonderful charity event. A group of our Year 7 boys participated in (and won) a soccer competition at SES. Also, at PTC, some of our High School students participated in the Jawa Pos Zetizen Conference. It was a great weekend for our students and all of those who helped coach, mentor, and support them through their activities.
While all of that was happening for our community and current students, we also hosted over 60 prospective new High School students and their families. These families were at Sekolah Ciputra bright and early on Saturday morning to take enrollment tests because they want to be a part of our community. Speaking to these students and their families was an incredibly inspiring, and humbling, experience. As someone new to the community I try to keep my eyes and mind open about our students, community, and school. However, this weekend took me to a whole new level of understanding about just how special our school community really can be.
Talking with the students who were arriving and nervous to be taking an enrollment test so early on a Saturday morning I was shocked and awed by their dedication and drive to, hopefully, enroll at Sekolah Ciputra. Students had literally come from all over Indonesia (Solo, Bali, Sulawesi, and more!) just for the chance to take these enrollment tests. Perhaps even more impressive were the kids who are currently attending other schools in the Surabaya area. Talking to these kids and inquiring into their backgrounds and stories, I was blown away. Comments like, “I had to BEG my mom to come to this school”, “I know this is the best school to prepare me for university”, and “I have friends who go to this school and they love it” were all things that I heard multiple times throughout the morning.
For those of you who’ve been here for a while this may be old news to you, but let me assure you, this is special! I’ve worked in four international schools and visited many more, this is the first time I’ve encountered such rapid enthusiasm for potential enrollment at a school. It truly is a humbling experience to see all of these kids (and parents) so excited for even the possibility of joining us at Sekolah Ciputra.
Considering how excited these prospective students and families were just to have the chance to attend our school got me thinking about what it meant to already be a member of our SC community. Often times we take our jobs and students for granted but I’d like to encourage you to step back and reflect a bit on just how wonderful a school community we have at Sekolah Ciputra. Sure, some of our students arrive late and are inexcusably absent too often, but overall our students are fantastic young adults. Many of our kids were saying all those previously mentioned comments not too long ago. They look at Sekolah Ciputra as an opportunity, a chance they are excited to have.
So, take some time to reflect on what it means for our students and for you to be a member of the Sekolah Ciputra community. People are lining up to get into our school because they see SC as the opportunity to chase their dreams. What are we doing to help make their dreams a reality?