When it came time for our son to start school 5 years ago, my husband and I thought long and hard about where he should go to school. There were lots of things to consider as the school I am Principal is not out local school. If he came to my school, our child would not be learning with his neighbours.
In the end, we asked ourselves what we wanted for our son and came to the firm conclusion that we wanted him to have a good, strong education that allowed him to grow as a person. I wanted for him what I wanted for each one of the children in my school and what I believed we give in my school. So, the answer was obvious. He would come to my school!
There have been pros and cons to that decision.
Pros: I know what is going on at school…well, most of the time! I can be there for those important assemblies or plays. I get to see him get awards and learning in class. I KNOW he is getting a brilliant education! It centres me and my decisions are very focused on the children of the school because I want the best for ALL of them!
Cons: My son has a HUGE personality and is full of energy and confidence. So, in those first few years he found himself in my office with a group of other cheeky boys being told off for silly boy things. Unfortunately for him, there was no case for appeal to a parent and punishment was followed through at home. He soon learned! Another con is really for the poor teachers who get my son in their class. What could be more stressful than having the Principals’s son?! Good thing he is cute and knows how to bat his eyelashes or it would be just too overwhelming for them!
So, this week as I was tucking him into bed we had this little conversation…
Me: So, you have been back to school for a month now. How is your new class?
Him: It’s really great! (His voice is all bubbly and excited.)
Me: What makes it great? (Expecting to hear about break time or art lessons or PE.)
Him: My teacher! (As he says that, you can see the pure adoration in his eyes.)
Me: What makes her so great?
Him: Her attitude!
Her attitude! Wow!
What more can I ask of a teacher in my school than to have a great attitude?
As I went to bed, I considered those words. I considered his understanding of a good attitude. It is one we are very clear about in our ethos and strive to improve each day. But, when a child can put their finger on exactly what makes things GREAT in our school, I know we are getting it right!
Yes, We made the right decision on where to send our child to school!
I am feeling very proud!