Our annual school conference is a special way to end the year on a high that we all look forward too. I blogged about our last two events and this year we again pilgrimaged to the Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong. It was another rewarding experience. Reverend Yo opened the day with Tai Chi and the conference with some words of wisdom, including her own journey.
The keynote this year was titled, ‘Respect – for healthier relationships and teams’. Barbara Becari (below) had her audience working in teams, laughing and having fun. Her message about respect resonated. Her reflective questions certainly had us thinking and I was impressed with the way Barbara managed and motivated her audience.
The principal asked me to run a photography workshop and a large group enjoyed the photowalk around the temple, learning about basic DSLR photography as we strolled. Some are enthusiastic about macro and HDR photography too and we scoured the surroundings for subjects with some success. I hope to update this post with photographs from the participants in future weeks.*
We have a number of colleagues that are departing for other schools who were farewelled with much respect. Michelle C made two lovely speeches to farewell Renee and Jeannie. A highlight for all of us was Shane and Scot singing to Renee, serenading Renee, as she moves on to her Head Teacher position. I know Renee has a recording which she will undoubtedly treasure!
Best of luck Jeannie and Renee!
The school really appreciates the work of our temporary teachers and the school showed its appreciation to these important staff members. Thanks Mel, Dave, Rod and Grant for your great work at our school. You are always welcome back!
The Annual Staff Awards recognised the excellence of Shane, Renee, Andrew, Paul, Michelle G and Michelle H. Your colleagues appreciate the way you do work with students and make our school a better place. Thank you from all of us!
Trish L received the ‘Principal’s Award’ with her customary humour and special brand of magic that has been motivating her colleagues and students at the school for 29 years. Onya Trish!
I feel proud of the way our school operates. Sitting back and reflecting, watching the speeches and acceptances, the witticisms and good cheer, it made me feel privileged to work with such generous people. Dapto High is a very collegial place to learn and work! I agree with Renee, it is a Great School!
Andrew FitzSimons, our principal, has the right spirit and works tirelessly. His vision has resulted in this third annual conference with such a positive theme. It is a great way to culminate a hard year of ‘striving for better things’.
Finally, our colleague, John, has been ill in hospital and we were pleased that he could join us for this final day of the 2011 school year. Good to see you looking better, John!
* Here’s Wendy’s pics.