- Principal's Report
- Anzac Day
- Dover's Biggest Afternoon Tea
- Banjos Assist with Breakfast Club
- Aprons for our Cooking Program
- End of Term 1 Assembly
- Crazy Hair Day
- NAPLAN Online - information for parents and carers
- Cross Country Event
- The Big Day In
- National Simultaneous Story Time
- Early Learning in the Huon Valley
- Big Day In
- My Kids Market
I was 14 when Star Wars came out in cinemas, and so it’s probably not surprising that I loved those movies (the original trilogy, of course). My son is also a Star Wars geek and was quite disappointed when his second daughter just missed out on being born on May the fourth. In case you’re unaware, May the fourth is Star Wars day. May the fourth – May the force, get it? Oh dear, we are sad people, aren’t we?
The reason I mention this at all is that I was recently reading an article on leadership styles in which comparisons were made with various pop culture characters. It got me thinking about my own leadership style and which Star Wars character it might align with (original trilogy, of course).
I started at the top with the Emperor and quickly crossed that style off my list. A bit too dictatorial and not a lot of transparency in his decision making. I moved on to Darth Vader and felt that he’s just too reactionary and prone to making spur of moment decisions based on emotional responses. That sort of leadership can cost you a Death Star if you’re not careful.
On the Jedi side, I don’t know that Obi-Wan showed anything much in the way of leadership and even Yoda preferred to mix up his syntax and speak in vague riddles. Luke? No, Luke is too much like his father and, at best, could be described as middle-management material, if he was lucky.
That pretty much takes me down to a Wookie, an inept smuggler, and a princess. Out of all of them, I think Princess Leia is the person that displays the best examples of strategic leadership and empathy, but (spoiler alert) she is a Skywalker and therefore prone to allowing her temperament to influence her decision making.
So after all that I couldn’t relate to any of them when it comes to leadership. So, you might think, that was a pointless exercise. But I did find some value in it. Although I couldn’t reconcile my leadership values against any one character, I was able to see plenty of traits that I did not respect and that I consciously avoid in my approach to leadership.
It reminded me that we learn life lessons from a wide range of sources and not all life lessons have to come from a place of positivity. Sometimes we have to look for the positive aspects in the most negative of situations and turn them into something that makes us better people.
While we, as parents, do our very best to protect our children from the world, we know that life can be hard and so it must also be our job to give our children the tools they need to cope. That is not a job you need to do alone, and we certainly want to help.
I know this might seem I have drifted far away from Star Wars, (some might say far, far, away) but it was a train of thought that’s been in my mind and, at the risk of revealing how my brain works, I thought it was worth sharing.
On Wednesday May 1st a small group of students prepared Afternoon Tea for parents, staff, families and community as part of their SRC role. The SRC had chosen to do this as a way to raise money for the Cancer Council, a service close to many of their hearts.
The students worked with Ange, Karen and Mrs Coulson to cook afternoon tea and with their help provided well over 20 plates of delicious sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones, lamingtons and other tasty treats.
The students did remarkably well, seeing that a number of factors affected the day resulting in some confusion and disappointment.
Many thanks go out to those who supported this event – a first time effort for our SRC.
Thanks go to those in the community who ordered afternoon tea and waited patiently for delivery.
Thanks to those parents and community members who came into the school, stayed and had a chat and looked into the open classrooms – the students were thrilled to have visitors come and see what they’ve been up to.
Thank you to Ange, Karen and of course Mrs Coulson, without whom we could not have offered this event, or raised so much. And thanks to Bernie and Emma who collated everything in the office.
Thank you too, to the teachers who worked flexibly with us and catered for students missing from their classes, covering classes for absent teachers and generally getting behind the whole occasion.
Thank you to the SRC students for their commitment to their idea and for seeing it through to the end.
We banked a total of $260.00 into the Cancer Council account due to all your hard work. Thank you all.
An end of term assembly was held on the 11th April. The Primary School classes and Year 7/8's gave presentations of their work, and Makayla Norris performed "I Was Only 19" and "Land Down Under" on guitar. Congratulations to our Wall of Achievement recipients, and to the SRC for their Crazy Hair Day fundraising efforts. The Parents and Friends Easter Raffle was also drawn, with some very happy prize winners. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and helped raise $419.