Period 1 was our project leaders meeting and although we are a small group, we feel we are leaders of change in our school. It is an empowering position to be in. We set our goals for the years and I explained to them how the weeks would look once the kids projects started and when they needed to check in with the kids - Tuesday's for the physical check in and Thursday's for our blogging checks.
Period 2, I met my gorgeous year 9's - ohhh the joy of seeing their lovely faces!
I met my huge level 3 sos class by doing an experiment with them. I left them waiting outside for 5 minutes to ensure they got there on time. Two boys were waiting near the door, but I explicitly said only the girls could come in. I ignored the boys who were whispering 'oh miss', the girls just smiled or joked at them as they walked past them into the class. As i locked them out, I told the girls that I was the president of the class and I will choose who was allowed in class and today I don't want the boys because they are too distracting. Some of the girls applauded, others laughed but the majority just stared at me, kind of glassie eyed. After 5 minutes, they realised I wasn't joking and a few commented saying 'miss it's hot outside, can they come in?' or 'it's not funny now miss'. I then asked them 'shall I let them in' and many said 'nahhhh', but one of two exclaimed 'oh these two are alright, they're not like normal boys'. I then opened the door and the girls watched the two boys walking in with their heads down, saying 'sad miss'. I then asked them how they felt. One of the boys Junior said 'normal' then everyone laughed but the other boy Ben, said he felt stink and left out. I then told them that what I did is much like what is happening in a country that wouldn't let certain people in because they were different. That started our conversation over the new America, a great way to hook them in! I hope they come back!
After school was our first COL's meeting which I was really excited about the opportunity to network with staff in our cluster. Russell plied us lollies, rockmelon & cans of coke to sweeten the afternoon and boy did we need it! Being a COL is so exciting and I left feeling supported and ready to take on the world!