Warm wishes from Principal Rawson

December 20, 2019
Exeter's Principal Bill Rawson speaks to a parent.

I’m writing from a cold but beautiful Exeter, New Hampshire, to wish you a happy holiday season and a healthy new year filled with joy and purpose.

Your children are on their way home soon. They have been working hard these last few weeks, so expect them to want to sleep in for a couple of days. I hope you have wonderful family time together. Our adults will also be getting a break and will be rested and excited to see our students back on campus in January.

To the parents of students who are new this year, I hope the first year is going well. New students tend to immerse themselves fully in the life of the school very quickly — they go for the deep end of the pool, you might say. Our new students this year are no different. I urged them at opening assembly not to be shy about seeking whatever help or support they need. Please reinforce that message. Thank you for sharing your children with us — we are delighted to have them at Exeter!      

To the parents of seniors, I would like to acknowledge that this time of year can be stressful with early college decisions coming out. Some seniors know where they will be next year, others will not know until the spring. Our seniors are a very strong and impressive group, and I am confident they all will have excellent choices when the process is completed. In the meantime, it is a great joy for me to continue to get to know this senior class. They are doing great things across all disciplines and student activities and in various leadership roles, and are continuing to grow as individuals. They might find it hard to leave Exeter, but they will be ready for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.      

I wish each of you a wonderful and restful holiday season and a happy new year. When you are on campus, please feel free to come by my office or stop me on the paths to say hello.


Bill Rawson