Thursday, December 2, 2010

It's Try Time!

Had a graduation dinner the other night for the 94 year six students who have had 6 years at our lovely kura (school). It is always a good night and I find myself up there thinking about the speech from last year and generally winging another spiel. Last night when faced with the leavers and their parents I realised how many interactions, how many stories, how many moments I have had with the very cool bunch. Having a daughter piled in with them was especially pleasing because I had closer interaction with the families of those daring enough to befriend the littler Podgorani.
I was really chuffed to see the many parents who have worked so hard to help there little guys. Parents who over the years have, mended books, volunteered for reading, been on camps and trips, turned up to assemblies. The thing that hit home to me is that you can have classroom performance as much as you like, but building a big family in a school is essential, treating kids like they belong, like they are loved, showing them and their families that you care, this is what truly makes the difference.
The thing is that I should care about their academic progress and I do desperately, but somehow I know that their interactions, behaviours, attitudes, families, still hold their destiny. Sure, we have got over the line with so many of these guys, but there are others who I know will stumble, and I hope there will always be someone to help them up. I hope our attitude and direction is enough for the rocky times. I do know though that those great teachers are out there to pick up my 94 mates and make sure they do get over the line. Kia Kaha to our profession and thanks in advance, oh and keep an eye out for Racheal she is gonna need a hand up occasionally.


Allanah King said...

I totally agree. The more and more I think about the person that I am today it is not or never has been the mark on the test that has made me truly happy in life.

It is the relationships with people that are the most fulfilling.

I have enough education to get me by but when things get tough it's not a book I turn to for help it's a friend.

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

Podgorani said...

The neat thing is that if you get the mix right with home school partnerships and relationships it can be so rewarding.

Mac Stevenson said...

Neat post Luke.

Having been in your school I know that these are not just words and the fact is your school is a supportive,caring place.

Well done to you all.