This school year is the last year of our Assistant Principal Ms. Kim Romyn’s time at CIS. We are grateful to have been with you along these extraordinary 4 years. Here she shares her farewell words with love and best wishes.
When I embarked on this journey to come and work at the Canadian International School of Guangzhou four years ago, I never knew how much I would enjoy my time in China and at CIS. At that time, I was coming to Guangzhou for two years to teach overseas and to see some of China. Four years later, I can’t believe how quickly time has flown. I have watched the school grow from 86 students from K-8 to over 450 students from Pre-K 2 to Grade 12. I began working on the campus in Cambridgeshire and helped with the move to this beautiful campus in Merchant Hill. I have welcomed and said goodbye to teachers, students, parents, caregivers and administration. My time here has been truly amazing.
I was fortunate to have held numerous positions at CIS. I came as a Grade 3 teacher to a class of 20 bright, eager and happy students. Together we learned and grew – and that group of students, although now in Grade 6, still hold a very special part of my heart. My second year was spent in the EAL department providing English support to students who needed additional help. I got to work with students from Grade 1 to Grade 9. I truly enjoyed getting to learn about each of them and helping them with their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Finally, for the last two years, I have had the privilege of being the Assistant Principal of Elementary. In this position, I learned so much about teaching, learning and leading while working with students, teachers, parents and caregivers. I am truly blessed to have the best job in the world, and love it when students come to tell me about their weekend, the frog they found on the playground or their loose tooth. I have enjoyed getting to know each student by name, and nothing makes me happier than saying good morning and goodbye to them each day.
As I return to Canada this summer and embark on my next journey, I am going to miss many things about CIS. I will miss the amazing teachers who love and care for our students every minute of every day. I will mmiss the parents and caregivers who put their trust in us and who love their children. But most of all, I will miss the students of CIS. These students amaze and impress me every moment of every day. They are taking the biggest risk learning a second or third or fourth language. They are global citizens learning about and being friends with others from around the world. They are respectful and responsible humans doing their best in and out of the classroom. There will never be another school with students who are as dedicated, as excited or as passionate as these students.
If you ever find yourself in Canada, look me up – I would be so happy to show you my side of the world. Goodbye CIS. I will miss you. Every day.