7 years. I spent 7 years at a primary school. There is 180 days in a school year, so I spent approximately 1,260 at school. Most kids might think that you must be really unlucky to have lived in a nightmare like that. But at my school, the kids here don’t think that way. I don’t know how or why, but we don’t. But 300 hundred kids looking forward to school, something’s up. And over the years at this school, I’ve been trying to work it out. Finally, after 7 years of dedication, I’ve done it. And funny enough, it’s not friends. Or the teachers, or even the school itself-though each of those have been awesome. But more than that, I believe it’s the principals we’ve had, and 3 really stand out. Their names are Matt (our principal), Rebecca (our vice principal) and Barbara (our vice, vice principal)…
I remember back in year 2, when my class was practising for the concert. We had made up a few moves when Rebecca walked through the room. Everyone face lit up, after all it’s Rebecca. She addressed the class with her cheerful smile, and I blush when I automatically start smiling as well. She starts talking to Jacinta while we keep on going in the dance. I think about how I always end up going to her when she’s on yard duty. I guess it’s because somehow she understands, even when I’ve accidentally done something wrong. Her optimism lingers in the library a bit longer after she leaves, and I acknowledge how lucky this school is to have a person like her. Sweet, caring, funny and really optimistic, wow what a person! And have her as a vice principal has benefited the school so much. The last thing you need to say about her is she’s marvellous at what she does. An illustration of this is when the coastal ambassadors met up with Matt and Rebecca. They both helped so much and gave us a different perspective on our plan, as well as sorting things out that wouldn’t quite fit with our timetable. And that’s why on principals’ day everyone needs to thank her, for her hard work to this school has really helped all us students and teachers.
Another memory that stood out to me about our present principals was the Spring Fete. This particular spring fete was 2014, when I saw our principal step behind a wooden wall, which was painted with a clown on it. But where the clowns face was supposed to be, there was actually a big hole for a person to put their head in. I saw the line of people holding sponges, and the first person went for their shot. Luckily it missed him, but I realised that he’s doing it for fun. A lot of principals wouldn’t have done this, but he did. He also was talking to the students and got them piped up, which I thought was really funny. He was raising money for our school, and was encouraging others to have a shot at the activities. And on top of having all those great traits, he was simply really easy going and modest. This is a great trait to have, and I admire it. Another thing I really admire is how good at his job he is, and for that we need to thank him. For example, he listens to the students’ opinions as well as the adults. He’s easy going, modest, funny, enjoyable, encouraging and he’s great at his job (as all of our teachers and principals are). Our school is one of the luckiest schools to have a principal like him, and I know that is one of the most truthful things I have ever said.
The last remembrance I will share with you is actually not so long ago. It did happen weeks ago, but it still stands out to me. I was walking towards my class when I bumped into Barbara. She politely asked me a question (I forgot what it was) and the first thought that popped into my head was she’s so friendly. Barbara is the kind of person you automatically like (like all the principals and teachers) but she’s so friendly it makes you beam. She was new to the school (since she was replacing our vice principal) and to walk into a place you don’t know and have to take on a job like this, she’s very brave. She’s also done a magnificent job, especially since she has to teach some classes as well. I find her to be a great role model (like the other adults who help run this school) and hope others do to. I ended up answering her question, and I noticed how funny she is. A few jokes here and there, it really brightens your day. And I’m glad we have her at our school for she’s funny, friendly, brave, great at her work and she’s a great role model. So, thank you Barbara for being our vice, vice principal and I hope you enjoy principal day.
So in the end, maybe spending 1,260 days at school isn’t such a nightmare. If you go to the school that I go to, then count yourselves blessed. Because we have the most wonderful teachers, we make lifelong friends and we have the most impressive principals of all time! No wonder our school is wonderful, the guidance and friendships we have is stunning! I am so proud to go to this school and I know that others feel that way as well. We are so lucky to have them, and I am truly grateful that our school gets to have principals as fantastic as them. So thank you to all 3 of our principals, for how much you’ve made this school a better environment.