I was once asked what is it that defines Markham College. I instinctively thought of all those aspects of the school that have established themselves throughout the years. Isn't identity all about that which is permanent? But then another answer surprised me, and I realized the central quality about life at Markham is 'change'. It seems paradoxical but true, that the only permanent thing at Markham is how we change with the times.
And yet, education is probably one of the most conservative of social activities. Its aim is to preserve knowledge and convey values in use. But, and this is the challenge, it also has to prepare students to live in a society that does not yet exist. The future is difficult to envision, due to the speed of innovation imposed by technology in our personal and professional lives.
As an Old Markhamian, as a teacher, as a parent, and now as Acting Headmaster, I am deeply proud of the school. The school motto is Studiis et rebus honestis, 'for honorable studies and pursuits' extracted from a text by the Latin poet Horace. These words define our vision of the school: an academic education, the shaping of minds, the value of imagination, and a solid ethical base to life.
Enjoy this window into life at Markham.
Mr Marco Bassino (Acting Headmaster)