This post is strictly about bragging. My parents always taught it wasn’t nice to brag, but I feel like I have something to brag about. I have to admit one of my favorite things to observe in our building is when our older students willingly step up and help out our younger students. It is something that happens all the time and in many ways and it causes me to have a great sense of pride as their principal.
Last Wednesday our entire student body, staff and a number of parents set out on our annual Toonies for Terry Fox walk. We usually organize ourselves in our buddy groups, older grades with younger grades and off we go with our vice-principal leading the pack. It just so happens that the day of our walk it was very hot and humid. We really hadn’t gone too far when some of our kindergarten students were getting a little tired and the little cheeks were turning red from the heat.
When asked to help, our big grade 7 and 8 students did not even hesitate. I usually try to move through the line so I can talk to various students, take pictures and then end up near the end to help bring in the stragglers. Everywhere I looked I could see older students holding our little students by the hand, talking to them, encouraging them. I asked some of the boys to offer a piggy back or two and without hesitation, most of them were up for the challenge even though they were hot, tired and thirsty themselves.
Once again on Friday of last week, I had the opportunity to watch our students at work, lending a hand without hesitation. We have been working very hard at our school to first raise money for a 2 phase playground installation. The first part was a large play structure for our grade 3-5 playground that we installed a year ago last summer. The second phase was swings, tire swings, a climbing dome and some picnic table mainly on our grade 6-8 playground. We asked our grade 8 students to help with the installation on Friday.
First of all I know that the thought of all day outside on a beautiful Friday was pretty tempting, but even so, I was so impressed with the way some of them tackled the job with enthusiasm and stamina. With the music blasting across the playground, we worked together to figure out difficult instructions, bolt many pieces together and solve problems when we got stuck. I was so impressed with not only the attitude many of them had, but also with the skill level many of them possessed.
Maybe bragging isn’t nice, but I can’t help it, I am a very proud principal.