Since returning from leave only two weeks ago after chilling out with my family on the mid-north coast of NSW, my work life as a Deputy Principal of a large southern suburbs primary school (600 students) in Adelaide has returned to what I would call – somewhat normal.
So what’s normal?
Normal day to day work and life as a Deputy Principal can only be described as – ‘Expect the Unexpected.’
Here’s the run-down over the last fortnight, planned and unplanned, in no apparent order:
- Following up and managing a complaint where a student had created a Facebook group to say unsavoury things about his teacher. Parent very supportive in follow up actions. Tick.
- Supporting a Year 2 teacher with a challenging student – young dedicated passionate graduate teacher doing some great work here to support and bring about behavioural change
- Internet down – router spat the chewie – on the phone to customer support – had to reboot this and that, including Telstra NTU – trying to explain to teachers the reason the internet’s down when they really needed it.
- Keeping a watchful eye on the weather channel and clock during recess and lunch breaks to enforce our hot weather procedures – has been a feral all week with daily midday temperatures hovering around 40 degrees celsius
- Rescuing a young student from a locked toilet cubicle. Had to kick the door in. Karate kid would have been impressed.
- Co-presenting with Principal at Regional Leaders Day – over 500 leaders – re our school’s 21st century learning / professional learning communities initiatives
- Coordinating our the next phase of our Tech/ IWB roll-out. Only 4 classes to fit-out in early 2010 with Promethean Board / Ultra-Short Throw Projector and Macbook (dual-platform) package – wireless keyboard, mouse etc
- Planning (playing with) for use of Mac OS X Server tools – wiki server, podcast producer etc
- Working with the Principal to coordinate the next stage of our Building the Education Revolution (BER) project – just a cool $3 million dollars
- Completing the final scope of works for our Environmental Learning Centre – veggie garden complex
- Compiling a heap of documentation for our Annual General Meeting – Sports Report, Wellbeing Report etc
- Reviewing and updating our school oval’s health regime with our groundsman in light of existing watering restrictions
- Coordinating rosters / timetables for camp week, when half the school is away on camp – Year 7s to Canberra
- Meeting with Facilities Manager and school bursar on a myriad of facilities issues
- Networking and supporting colleagues from local schools re ICT related issues
- Rebuilding the school website for a launch in 2010 – with ICT tech support – using Joomla
- Speaking at junior primary assembly – presenting awards in a packed hall of parents and students
- Preparing ICT budget for 2010 – 1 to 1 looks close – need to focus extra attention on planning for this in 2010
- Providing PD for teachers in preparing / creating end of year multi-media productions
- Working with small group of Year 7 students preparing Graduation DVD
- Conducting school open tours for prospective families – all 25 of them
- Coordinating transition for next intake of reception students for 2010
- Working with Year 6/7 student leadership team to coordinate and prepare for up and coming Gala Day – day of student enterprise
- Preparing for whole school community celebration night in a few weeks – with specialist music teacher
- Working through school photo day
- Releasing teachers for special education meetings with psychologists and support staff
- Preparing for and coordinating ‘Thank You Coaches and Managers Evening’ to acknowledge the efforts and commitment of our parent volunteers
- Helping a neighbouring colleague and loaning them a heap of sports gear for their sports day
- Updating our Bushfire Action Plan in accordance with new regulations
- Redesigning templates for Inquiry Learning / Integrated Unit Plans on wiki
- Attending Governing Council meeting
And the list goes on.
A typical fortnight ……………….. so glad I love my job.