Thursday, May 14, 2009

Why are we really at school

A week of injuries to go with the pouring rain, and I start to wonder where our job starts and finishes. We had stitches in the mouth, a near severed toe, a broken arm (a bad one) and more hairy stuff almost daily. Seems the weather has sent a few crazy. I had a couple of after hours visits to homes catching up with the parents of the injured, and a couple of teachers snuck in to hospital to visit another young lad who is coming right.
The thing is that my week is nothing compared to my mate who has a motorway being planned to be built through his school, he had the media ringing at 7.30am and the phone has rung constantly for 4 days.
A student at my sons school passed away overnight. He was at school one day and gone the next. He had MD and was slowly wasting away, they always knew it was coming one day, but is still a big shock especially to his friends and teachers.
The thing is, that your actions when faced with difficult circumstances really do matter. These are possibly the most important decisions you face.

School isn't always about reading and writing, it's not always about results, it's about laughter, friendship, life, celebrating success.
Our job is about people, little people, big people, mums and dads, nans and pops. It is about community and we are all part of that community.

He aha te mea nui?
He tangata.
He tangata.
He tangata.

What is the most important thing? It is people, it is people, it is people.

Apologies to those of you who want swearing, mockery, and a lots of uninformed comment I promise next time to be way less serious and will have a tirade of ludicrous statements. OK Fiona G ?


bluejay74 said...

You are so right in your assessment - regardless of the job anything in the public sector it is people people people. I enjoy reading your editorials. JD's Mum - bluejay74

Anonymous said...

I love the reference to mokery. How did you find the recent photo :-) The Real Barb Dysart

Pedro said...

Was just following a worm hole of web pages that started with a twitter link. Led to this article. Very good reading on the very essence of what makes us happy.. they cut it down to seven main factors. Have five of them you've a half chance of being old, well, and happy. Three or fewer and you've no chance. But one guy simplified it even further:
Vaillant was asked, “What have you learned from the Grant Study men?” Vaillant’s response: “That the only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people.”

But you knew that aye. Still, nice to have the data.


Amanda said...

Without the severed toe - we have had a slightly similar few weeks at my school. It has been tough and the people really do make the difference. We are better for having had them around... thanks for this post.