29 January 2011
Gathering Gratefuls- The Learning Team
There was an early morning wake up call in our house on Monday as the Smallest Gift scooted around on the timber floorboards outside our bedroom door.
It was the first day of school in this new year and he had been dressed and ready since 5:30 am. Not only had he made his own breakfast but woken his older sisters by 6:00, made his bed and practised basketball.
It is wonderful to see children so excited to return to school after the long summer break.
I'm pleased to say that he returned home that afternoon with a smile as big as the one he had left with and shared lots of information about what he'd been up to. Apparently his class is studying 'invention' this term so it will be a terrific learning adventure for all of us.
On Tuesday the Middle Gift started high school.
She looked very grown up in her long skirt and tailored top and we were very proud as she bounced out of the car to start this next phase of her learning adventure.
She too had a terrific start to her secondary schooling and we have heard all sorts of wonderful snippets of information about lockers, teachers, new friends, the amazing cafe etc.
The Biggest Gift is in Year Nine this year and didn't have to return until Thursday. So once we had dropped the others off on Tuesday, we got into a baking frenzy and made some more of Margy B's bikkies, this time with white chocolate and nuts.
We packaged them up in all their sugary, buttery goodness to take to the girls' school to give to the staff for their first day back afternoon tea. This was our 'thank you' for all that they do to make the kids' schooling such a fantastic experience. The bikkies looked and tasted pretty delicious [if I may say so myself] and I had to share a photo with you.
As an educator myself I know the time and effort that is expended by all members of the school staff to get a new year rolling along.
From the very busy lady and her well-trained team in the uniform shop, the office team answering a myriad of enquiries from parents and staff, the tuckshop convenor dreaming up new recipes and ordering the food to supply them, to the groundsmen and cleaners mowing lawns, cleaning and repairing all facets of the grounds in readiness for the students' arrival.
Then of course there is the administrative and teaching staff.
Of course many of you know teachers in your personal lives and are aware that the myth about working from 9:00 - 3:00 and enjoying twelve weeks holiday per year is just that, a myth.
Teaching is truly a vocation and requires a lot of extra time and energy beyond the contact time with students. There is a strong focus on professional development across all school sectors which means that staff return to their schools at least a week before the students to participate in a range of courses, prepare their curriculums and organise their learning spaces.
I spoke to one member of the finance team at the girls' school yesterday and he actually had less than a week of holidays across the summer.
So this week I am truly grateful for the Gifts returning to school happy and confident and for the many people who have worked hard to make this possible.
I wonder what you are grateful for this week?
Have your children returned to school with enthusiasm and do you have the same appreciation for the schools which they attend?
To read more posts with a grateful edge, pop on over to Maxabella's place. She has a bright, vibrant space and is always keen to welcoming people who want to share a positive note.
Enjoy your weekend, I hope that it's filled to the brim with all that you enjoy,