Denyse Whelan ladies and gentlemen is one of those people we need to sit and take notice of. She is a blogger, an educator and an consultant. Having worked in schools for 40 years you could say she knows a little something about something.
Jokes aside, I am very happy to have Denyse guest posting on Mum’s Word because she has the sort of knowledge that I want. If you want to know what Denyse knows, then follow her on Twitter @denwise1
Recently, chatting on Twitter, which is very rare often for me, I found Maria’s Mum’s Word.
Wow. Impressive. YES.
I enjoyed your writing and thoughts, Maria, and so when I offered a guest post as my former role as The School Principal, you said YES.
Then I froze had bloggers’ block.
Where would I even start on this?
What if Oh, just start…so here I am…
The School Principal’s Secrets*
by me, Denyse, a retired Primary School Principal in New South Wales Public Schools. WHAT A MOUTHFUL.
1. Secret One. As the School Principal,
you must never ever let any parent see you have alone time, or are just hanging out in the staffroom. This is sending a message that the job is so cushy, anyone could do it. Therefore, you must always appear rushed, harrassed, and oh, yes, carrying large folders as you wend your way around the school.
2. Secret Two. As the School Principal,
you must always be the first to arrive at school, that is before the bell to go into school. And, of course, the last to leave, once the classrooms are empty of kids. The teachers know how to close up the school, keep security informed of intruders, and how to answer the 1000 phonecalls which come throught to them from your office re-direct.
3. Secret Three. As the School Principal,
you should always be the one to greet new students and their families, by appearing to already know them and call them by their wrong names. This is because they are NOT the new family from yesterday, they are today’s new family. Oh.
4. Secret Four. As the School Principal,
you would expect that teachers would keep the peace under all conditions – be it an accident to a student in the playground, a tree fallen over via the sudden wind gusts that the Weather Bureau had warned you about, and the fact that there is a
chemical leak funny smell coming from under the building where the Science staff teach. And that you could keep looking busy working, umm, reading the paper in your office.
5. Secret Five. As the School Principal,
you now have time to read that newspaper, from the front to the back. In fact, grab a cuppa and close the door. This is
signals gives the impression of very confidential meetings. Well, it is, to a certain extent..It is the Daily T, and it has a few pages called Confidential.
The LAST secret…is the biggest one of all………………………………….