Keystone Academy has frequently broken new ground in the field of education in China since its establishment in 2014. This should not come as a surprise, because many novel concepts in the Academy have become the building blocks of this exciting new world school.
Our Head of School, Malcolm McKenzie, has captured some moments of vitality and wisdom in the Keystone community through his weekly letters published in the newsletter In the Loop. At their basic level, these messages give a deep understanding of what Keystone is all about. But they’re more than that: they have a life of their own. His letters are masterfully crafted and touching, providing a literary visualization of the collective dreams of our community.
Many Keystone community members have grown fond of reading Mr. McKenzie’s convivial yet personal letters, creating a unique tradition in the Academy. His writings also form part of a broader roadmap for the community as we head into uncharted territory in China’s ever-expanding education field.
We endeavor to document his thoughts in this second volume of Letters from Malcolm McKenzie. This book is divided into four chapters, paired in two sets.
In Set I, Mr. McKenzie previews why the essence of Keystone Academy radiates from its community. “Hearthstones” builds on his discussions on the core of Keystone: its five values, purpose, mission, vision, and academic frameworks. He talks about how the school lives to those guiding principles in the succeeding chapter, “Touchstones.”
Set II details the compelling concept of Keystone as a new world school in the eyes of our leader. In the aptly named chapter “Learning from the World,” Mr. McKenzie comments on events from which the community can draw inspiration. “Learning for the World” presents his case why new world thinkers are born at Keystone.
More than just being a selection of his messages from the start of the academic year 2017-2018 to mid-2019, this anthology also reflects his legacy at Keystone.
“Although we are still a new school,” he says in his 2018-2019 end-of-academic-year letter, “We are in a place of learning built on a firm foundation of age-old values, newly interpreted. Because of this, our values are meant to last more than a lifetime, and they will promote happiness and wholesome lives, lived both individually as well as with and for others.”
We share with you warmly these Letters from Malcolm McKenzie, a labor of love of an educator committed to sharing a lifelong curiosity for learning and passion for education.
This edition of Letters from Malcolm McKenzie is published in hardback and costs RMB 100, for the benefit of Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC), an organization that uses education to empower economically disadvantaged students in the rural regions of China.