The two weeks after classses end are usually a little slower when I was a classroom teacher.
Finishing marking, report cards, possible invigilation, catching up with students to give them the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and cleaning up my classroom were less than routine, but important endings to the year. As an administrator, however, these days have been quite busy. I have spent a lot of time organising exams and invigilation schedules; making sure the exams were correctly set up and then sent off to the ministry.
As this was happenning, we also held our graduation ceremony, where I became a flower arranger, mover of large staging, speech writer and orator, filer of papers and marshaller of graduates through the processions from stage to photographer to the seats in the audience. While the organising and planning of the ceremony was amazingly done by my co-administrator, there were still bits of jobs that needed to be done (reminding me that my job description is actually: Duties as Assigned). The graduation ceremony ended in a spectucular fashion with an amazing video by the graduation class (I will search for the link for another post).
Of course, this left the dinner/dance, held at the Hyatt with some wonderful dresses and suits. I was extremely proud of all the students and staff that came out to help celebrate with a buffet dinner and then dancing. However, at the end of the event (midnight), the afer grad event started. This goes from midnight to four am. Lots of great activities like the bull ride, the bungy run and great prizes (iPads, laptops, tv’s, etc). I believe all the grads had a great night with the help of some very tired, but enthusiastic parents, RCMP officers and our admin team.
That only left the remaining exams, student adjudications, teacher requests and, of course, the move from the portables to the school as we prepare for the construction of the new school. I hadn’t realised, though, that teachers suddenly found themselves with a little more time during the day (no classes) and would come by and chat or request throughout the day. This wasn’t the slowing down that I was used to.
The last two weeks were hectic and had no end. I wasn’t leaving the school, going on summer vacation or relaxing for another few weeks, yet. I believe I had events almost every night in the past two weeks: celebrations, retirements, and other gatherings.
Probably the most fun was the admin dinner at the end of the week. It still didn’t feel like the end of the school year, but it did mark the end of the 2011/2012 year with students and teachers.
Now to plan for September…..