Hello Everyone! My name is Aydin, and I will be the principal for the day today! I am in grade 7 in Division 1. In this blog I will keep you posted on how today went. Sounds like it's going to be hard!
7:00- Arrive at school
7:05- Empty dishwasher, brew tea for staff. Not the glamourous start which I expected, but someone's got to do it! The tea does taste good, though.
7:15- Set up message boards. It's important to maintain constant communication with parents, which makes the message boards essential. There are two boards in the school. One at the entrance to the office, and one at the primary entrance. I like having the board at the primary entrance because of the large amount of primary students coming through the entrance there. It also saves time for parents, so they don't have to walk all the way up to the office every single day. On these message boards are special events, schedules, and updates.
7:30- Settling into the office.
7:45- Find computer, log in. It took awhile to load the computer, and even longer to find a working charger. During this time, I also got the chance to introduce myself to the teachers, and I did various jobs for Ms. Sponza and Ms. Messenger (Office Secretaries).
8:00- Start work. Finally! The computer took awhile to load.
8:15- Mr. Wallace had a private meeting with one of the teachers, so I remain in the staff room. I am really excited to hear of my other jobs today.
8:30- Bell. Class begins for the day, and time for the teachers to dash to class!
8:40- Mr. Wallace and I just completed a supervision lap of the school to make sure everyone was going to class. Supervision is one of the most important jobs as a principal. I will be out supervising during recess, lunch and after school. Supervision is to make sure students are always making the best choices, and to assist them if in a crisis situation.
8:47- We just took a few photos to post on the blog. Man, do I look good!
10:02- Classroom visits. I just walked around the school, accompanied by Mr. Wallace, and visited each classroom. I explained what my job is, and what I have done so far. I would like to thank all the students for listening to me speak, and the teachers for letting me interupt classes.
10:05- Practicing announcments with Max. Mr. Wallace and I chose to extend recess for 5 extra minutes. I do hope everyone likes it.
10:07- I just finished editing a statement for Mrs. Messenger.
11:34- WOW. That was a busy hour. I supervised recess, and dealt with a problem in the office. At recess, I walked around, making sure everybody was behaving. I made sure nobody was goofing off to a bad extent. I also made sure everybody was feeling well. After recess, I quickly helped deal with the wounded, and then dealt with two people who were in trouble. I won't give out details, just for privacy's sake, but I will say that there was a little "fight" after recess.
11:38- I would just like to quickly thank everyone for being so kind towards me at recess. It means so much to me.
11:45- I just got a nice picture from "someone." I loved it. It really made my day. Thanks a lot!
1:01-Well, lunch is over. I had a child who was in trouble follow me as I checked everywhere. I talked with various people, and heard jokes from others. I also dealt with a tiny playground problem. The kid who was with me behaved faily well. Gosh, I'm really going to miss this. How will I ever be a normal student again? I ate lunch with Jayden and Max (Division 1), who were office monitors today.
1:53-More trouble. I just had three boys leave the office, each of them with trouble on their shoulders. It really is dissapointing, and it greatly saddens me when I see these guys walking out of the office with their heads bowed like that.
2:15- Mr. Wallace and I sang the birthday song to a student in grade one. She told us all about her party plans.
2:32- Wrapping up the day and packing up my stuff. Mr. Wallace has a staff meeting and then a parent meeting at 5:15 pm.
Today I learned so many lifelong skills. I know that many of these skills will be used in my life. I have learned how to act accordingly with children, I have practiced my public speaking skills, how to deal with trouble, and how to use power in a way that helps everyone. I have really enjoyed my position as principal for the day. I also saw another side of being a principal that nobody usually ever sees. I saw the side of the job that requires waking up early. I found out that being a principal requires more than just the ability to punish, and I really enjoyed learning about that side. This day has really made me consider becoming a principal of a school. I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for supporting me today. I truly appreciate it.