Each afternoon through my office window I find myself in the lucky position of being able to watch the goings on in the Courtyard and Foyer and each afternoon I find myself fascinated anew at the interaction between the students.

It doesn’t matter what age group we are, we are most happy when our friends are around us. This happiness is contagious as friends bring us laughter, joy and honesty.  Friends help to improve our health and longevity by positively influencing us and encouraging us to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits.

They increase our sense of belonging and purpose, improve our self-confidence and self-worth thereby reducing stress and helping us to cope with traumas.

For children, making friends is a vital part of growing up and an essential part of their social and emotional development, enabling them to learn more about themselves and develop their own identity.

As children mature, friends are able to help navigate challenging developmental experiences, especially during teenage years.

Studio 53 offers a safe environment where children of all ages, from different schools and genres, have the wonderful opportunity to mix and mingle, laugh and play, band together, learn from each other and form lifelong friendships.

I count myself most fortunate to have experienced just that. I still have contact with many of the friends I made during my time as a student right here in this very building.  Also my job has brought me into contact with people I haven’t seen in a very long time as well as opening up the door to many new friendships.

Friendships are said to be among the most precious treasures in life so before I sign off I would like to leave you with this beautiful quote.

“We will not be remembered for what we did in life but rather whom we touched throughout the journey of life.”