|Nan with Michael who is sporting a fresh haircut just for the big night.|
For me the highlights were -
- the slideshow at the start created by Michael's year 7 teacher Mark Walters and a couple of the students. It showed the students throughout their years of primary school.
- the presence of so many teachers from the school from other grades. Many of these teachers had taught the graduands throughout the past seven years and it was lovely to see them all attend the evening despite it being outside of work hours. Many teachers do this regularly - Mr Fed and Miss Irwin of course being regular outside school hours attendees at every SkateNight I've ever been to.
- Mrs K's very excellent speech to the students - about having a go and never giving up on your dreams - and of course there was her much anticipated anecdote about each individual child from her class.
- Mark Walter's poem mentioning every member of his class. While containing lots of in-jokes that only the students understood, like Mrs K's speech, the poem was a reflection of Mark's understanding of each student and their idiosyncracies.
- The school principal's Rocky themed entrance to the stage and his Yoda and KungFu Panda quoting speech. I'm also pretty sure there are few primary school principals who would use Eminem as an example of someone who had a dream and worked hard to realise that dream. Brad Clarke - you rock.
- The P&C's farewell to families leaving the school. I remember the first year as a P&C member, I thought this was a bit of a daggy thing. But now after being at the school for twelve years I realise how lovely this small tribute is. It's quite normal for families to be associated with schools for more than a decade. And many of those will have left a mark on the school - whether it be a tree planted or a cake sold to pay for the hall, a sandwich made at the tuckshop or a book read to a student - recognising them with a simple acknowledgement is a tradition I hope continues.
- Parent Di Davies small gifts to each student.
|I'm a star. Thank-you Mrs Davies|
Thank you again to the teachers, staff and parents who made last night possible.