The month of June has apparently arrived. I say apparently, because in my mind, it is still February (this may be due to the weather, with the cool, wet, cloudy days). But June, it is, and as such, there are many events, receptions, celebrations and recognitions going on, as the school continues to teach, instruct and support students (we haven’t even begun the preparation for the move from the portables on the back to the new portables on the front in preparation for the building of the new school).
I think this past week (despite having several million events to both plan and attend) is most memorable for Friday’s Awards Assemblies. This is my first year as administrator and therefore my first time in the role of heading the planning and preparation for the Awards. Of course, I used the professional and talented staff from the Awards Committee to help guide and set up the program, the system of giving out over 400 awards to students, and the actual event itself.
As my role of administrator in a school of 1500, I am always reminded of the fact that I really only get an opportunity to meet with a very small handful of students, usually for discipline, occasionally for policy questions, and rarely for congratulating them on some of the amazing work that they do. So, the awards assemblies gave me the opportunity to work with some of the top students (remember, there are over 400 of them in the school) and celebrate and recognise their amazing accomplishments.
During the preparation, the handing out the awards prior, the line ups, the directions, the stage set up, the flower arrangements, I did not think that this was the opportunity that it was. You see, there was an incident involving several students that required the other vice-principals to miss out on the event/celebration. After the awards, I saw that the opportunity I had to meet, talk and congratulate the award recipients was one that doesn’t come up a lot.
We still have the evening awards, the graduation ceremony, the dinner/dance and after grad, the Grad BBQ, year book distribution, teacher schedules, timetabling, year end documentation, inventory, moving of the portables, setting up the labs, provincial exams, school-based exams, marking of the exams, report cards to read and distribute….well the list doesn’t really end.
I have been told that it doesn’t really stop, and that I need to take the end of July and begining of August as my own time…I really hope that happens.