How Can IB... Open-Minded?

Welcome to our 2022-2023 community gathering series! Each month will focus one of the ten IB learner profile attributes. Speakers will volunteer to engage with our school community about what it means to live out that particular attribute. This month, we are focusing on the characteristic "open-minded."

In this week's installment of our community gathering series, Violette C. ’23, shared how the honor of navigating leadership in three spaces: as Miss Quinault Indian Nation, as USG House Speaker, and as Dorm Prefect challenge her to remain open-minded. She takes the responsibility of leading in these three communities seriously and enjoys the challenge of both representing these communities and serving them.

Violette also shared information about the Quinault Indian Nation during the community gathering, "The great Nation of the Quinault People is comprised of 3,483 Tribal Members and is situated in the Olympic Peninsula where they inherently retain 208,150 acres." Within her people, Violette goes by her Ancestral Indian given name, Ke'Le'Ku, which means 'Where Thunder Dropped Whale'. Violette shared: "We are among the small number of Americans who can walk the same beaches, paddle the same waters, and hunt the same lands our ancestors did centuries ago... The Quinault Indian Nation consists of the Quinault and Queets tribes and descendants of five other coastal tribes: Quileute, Hoh, Chehalis, Chinook, and Cowlitz, [and] is a sovereign nation with the inherent right to govern itself and deal with other tribes and nations on a government-to-government basis. By-laws established in 1922 and a constitution approved in 1975 form the foundations of the modern-day Quinault government."

In the latest installment of our community gathering series, the Finch family - Grace Finch - Director of Development, Charlie ’27, Ellie ’29 and Jack ’32 - reflected on their experience balancing both American and Filipino cultures. Growing up as the child of immigrants and straddling cultures required Grace to be open-minded, both to the experience of her peers and to the culture that informed her parents’ beliefs, behaviors and values. She named food as one of the primary ways her children connect to their Filipino origins. Each student shared their favorite food - Halo Halo for Charlie, Pancit for Ellie and Empanadas for Jack - and the way that these foods represent gatherings, family and connection. 

Mrs. Parrott (Grade 5) offered a presentation about her recent yoga and meditation retreat in Costa Rica, funded by Annie Wright Parents’ Association’s Endeavor Grant program. She reflected on the aspects of Costa Rican culture and its natural environment that made her more open-minded within her yoga practice and daily life. In particular, the popular phrase ‘pura vida’ – or ‘pure life’ – stuck with her as a way of expressing a happy, peaceful, beautiful mindset and outlook. She encouraged her audience to open their minds to the idea of meditation as a process of inquiry rather than a moment of focus or concentration, and left us with the mantra: “You are pure potential.”


Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403


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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.