Be The Magic!


Be The Magic!

Each year the CGS Staff embraces a theme for the duration of the school year. A few years ago, we decided to share our staff theme with the entire CGS community in the hopes that it would be of comfort and support, during our long COVID struggle. To our delight, everyone whole-heartedly embraced our ‘We Can Do Hard Things’ mantra and it truly took on a life of its own. Since then, we have decided to always share our Theme of the Year with everyone, parents and students alike, in hopes that it will bring us closer together as a community, as we strive for a common goal.

For this year’s theme, Be the Magic, we turned to the highly successful journalist, author and inspiration guru, Elizabeth Gilbert (from Eat, Pray, Love fame). A number of years ago, I had the pleasure and privilege of attending an event where Gilbert was the keynote speaker. She was sharing her recently released book at the time, ‘Big Magic’. I don’t think anyone left that event not feeling inspired by Gilbert’s take on the magic within all of us. In fact most of us left the room floating, as if we had been levitated by a magician. Her wisdom and inspiration on the topic stayed with me and I thought this was the perfect year to share it.


In her book Gilbert says “Go be whomever you want to be. Do whatever you want to do. Pursue whatever fascinates you and brings you to life. Find your magic”. Gilbert believes that the universe buries strange jewels deep within us all and then stands back to see if we can find them. At our first staff meeting of this school year, I challenged all the CGS Staff to look for the magic this year both in themselves and their students.  I am now doing the same with all of you. If you can find and use your own internal magic, sharing it with all of those whose lives you touch, (in other words, be the magic), and if the CGS Staff and Students do the same, just imagine what a magical community we will have created.


Throughout the course of the school year, teachers will be actively acknowledging the magic they see in their students and will be encouraging the children to find their own magic. So don’t be surprised if your child comes home and tells you what their magic is. And if your child doesn’t volunteer that information, ask them about it. I really can’t wait to see where this takes us. After Friday’s magical evening together, it seems like we are off to a very good start.



Marie Bates