Making School Fun
One of the more enjoyable elements of being an educator are things like spirit days. The images in this post depict our annual Halloween parade, where pre-school children, students and staff get to show off their costumes. Each year our students look forward to this event as we all get a good laugh at each other and admire the creativity with some costumes.
As a school we try to take advantage of our K-12 configuration. High school students are involved in this activity (and many others) throughout the school year with elementary aged students. We try to establish leadership roles for our older students as well. For example, the grade 12’s escort the K-4 students to the gym and seat them for assemblies. I have two students who set up the PA an AV equipment each assembly as well. In many cases, the student council runs the assembly and have some sort of fun activity for students to take part in.
My vice-principal and/or myself create slideshows for many assemblies. We include images of recent events and random pics of students and set the show to music. As I look over the student body, most seem to generally enjoy the slideshows. I believe these help promote school unity and spirit.
Although we are a small school, I do believe we can take advantage of our configuration and create a unique experience for students. I also believe these types of experiences are valuable for a students overall learning program – something that a provincial/state test cannot measure. Yes we took “class time”: to run the assembly, but I do not believe we lose “instructional time” to do these events. Spirit days, assemblies, etc. are a valuable part of any school experience.