So, here goes again.
Well as I write this, my 7 week term as a Relieving Principal at Tangimoana School comes to an end next week. I must admit it only seems like yesterday when I was in Christchurch (where I was doing day relief work). Within 24 hours, I had this position and rushed up during the holidays to start at the beginning of Term 2. 7 weeks has certainly flown by. The new permanent boss starts next Monday, so I only have a few days to fix up the mess I have made (although I will blame the kids as usual). From here, I have no idea at this stage whether I will stay in the N.I, or return to the S.I until my next positing. I guess we shall soon find out soon enough.
I have had a fantastic time here at Tangimoana School. It has been so nice being back in a sole charge school. Despite the challenges, I have always loved the small schools. Although it has been a while since I have been able to get back into one (as most have been bigger), it has been great to finally be able to get back into a school with kids at all the levels. I am stuffed (although that’s more so old age), but still loving it. I will miss these little angles (or monsters depending on the day J). They really are a cool bunch of kids.
This last week has been a busy one again. The kids shot into the big smoke of Feilding last Friday for a swim at the aquatic centre (Makino). I stayed behind at school which was my first time since starting here, where I have been out of the class. The first hour was nice and peaceful, but after that, it got boring with no kids to moan at. I did get quite a lot done, but it was great to hear the noise of kids again once they started coming back at the end of the day.
Last week also saw me doing a challenge with tents with my 5 school leaders. That was certainly an interesting task (which I have never done before). I told the kids the aim was to put a tent up as fast as they could, and on their own (I had 5 tents). I then told them I would support them by standing on the sideline and laughing at them as they made a mess of it all. The kids who thought it would be easy had the most trouble. The plus is that none of them gave up, no matter how much of a disaster it turned out. Some of them are just so lucky it wasn’t windy, otherwise we may have been a few tents short. The kids did great though, with none of them giving up (which is what I wanted, as some do give too easy at times). We did run out of time as I found out at 3.05, when we finish at 3pm. I did wonder why there were parents waiting for me. These tents were brought in CHCH just before winning this job here, as I had planned to do this activity for the first time down there. Go figure, using South Island tents in the North Island during winter…only with the Relieving Teacher. A great activity which I am glad I did. I will certainly be doing more of this now I have done it. A great 20-30minute activity. The next idea would be to get them to use bits and pieces around the school to make their own campsite with the tent. The downside is I won’t be able to do that with these kids at Tangimoana, simply because my time is up.
I am rushing to get things completed, although this last week, should be an easy one compared to the last 6. Although it will likely be at the 11th hour, I will get through all the pokering (only just though). One of the poker machines died, so I guess I will need to have to end up buying another one (it had done good mileage though). Apart from finishing off a few things, I am getting the kids to make up their own individual and/or group skit/dance/magic tricks/comedy skit etc for the rest of the week. I don’t have the time to do some kind of mini concert, so I have decided that we will just do what we can in the time left. For those who love dance and drama, it will also give them an extra ‘no rules’ opportunity. It will be a nice relaxed week, or at least that’s the plan anyhow.
There are no more reports to write, and I have just finished this coming week’s newsletter, so I don’t have to write any more of those, we’ll not for now anyhow.
Below are a few images of the last week. Below is also a copy of the Week 7 newsletter. This time I have put the School Newsletter and the kids newsletter versions (Kids Talk-Eye on Tangimoana), within the same pdf document.
This will likely be the last post for Tangimoana now I am about to finish here. Many thanks to all the great kids, staff, BOT, and Community from Tangimoana. I really have had a fantastic time over the last 7 weeks. I am so glad I took this posting. It was well worth swapping Islands for. Thanks Tangimoana.
Until next time, you all take care, and keep having lots of fun with your classes. Next time I will be writing from???????????? (to be continued…we’ll, continued from somewhere anyhow J).
Kind regards, Chris.