It is so much fun (there's that word again so you can see what my personality type is quite clearly) to be able to give our students the opportunities to learn new things. This time it is Rock 'n Roll. The tutors are wonderful with the children and the room is filled with the sounds of children counting " One and two and three and back and ..." MOST of the legs and feet go in the right direction at the same time.
The children will perform later in the term.I'm looking forward to seeing the costumes and the final product. Why wouldn't you want to be a Principal?
Friday, April 30, 2010
Over the years there has been a small group of parents who work relentlessly to raise money to buy the things that we cannot afford in our budget. Last week Michelle, Lisa, Michelle and Deborah were at our school assembly to present seven laptops to our students. the children were very excited as the laptops have built in cameras and do everything except the cooking!
The money has been earned through hard work over the past 3 or 4 years; a little bit at a time.
Thank you so much for what you have done for us.
This weekend Michelle, Lisa and Michelle are attending the PTA conference. This was a real thrill for us to support as one of the board's strategic goals is around providing high quality professional learning for all of our school personnel.
I know they will come back fired up and ready to take on new challenges. The next biggy is the new playground for the school to which the board has already committed $20,000. We want a playground that has challenge and fun at the centre of its design. The students and staff will have opportunity to make suggestions about the ultimate design. I might even sneak down in the weekends to swing across the tyres and ropes! Yeah right!
What I love about our school is the determination of all of our children to learn. We have about 20 children in our ESOL programme. The ESOL children have Jan Murray as their teacher. I am in the best position where I get to spend time in the classrooms each week, so I get to observe top teaching. Jan has the knack of making the students feel treasured and special. Her learning programme reflects "Attitude, Adventure and Achievement." She is highly skilled and incredibly modest. I enjoy having the opportunity to blow her trumpet loud and long.
Last week the students were learning their addresses and phone numbers through role play; one was a lost child and the other a policeman. Some of the children are making huge gains in language learning and I nearly fell off my chair laughing when one wee fella ad libbed after his partner had given her name and address. He looked at her with his best policeman's attitude and said"Mmmm, yes. I think I have seen your house." I knew then that he was getting the hang of English.