Then the girls dispersed for their Mission Day activities, me like a drill sergeant sending people here and there, 300 girls disappearing all over the community, and I was free to take photos after I dropped a few girls off in various places. We teachers and visitors had a shared lunch at school and after lunch I organised the closing liturgy/feedback session for the end of the day. That went really well too, with photos of the day's events as a closing powerpoint (the senior computer girls put that together, to music) and it was really moving to see the things people had done that day, clearing gravestones, wheeling elderly people out in the sun in their wheelchairs, collecting for Heart Children, making cookies for the community... it was just wonderful to see it all.
This evening I had to meet my Principal at the Archbishop's home - he invited the Principals and DRSs to drinks for an hour. It was nice, renewing some old friendships. I have old links with nearly half the people who were in the room! One guy hadn't seen me for more than twenty years, probably twenty-five.
And it turns out the Catholic centre is desperate for an RE teacher who knows ESOL!! So they got all excited when I happened to say I'd like to write some ESOL friendly worksheets for my non-English speaking girls! They want me to come to a workshop in a few days time, and were pleading with my principal to let me go the minute she walked in the door LOL!
I have to admit that it has been nice today, getting so much affirmation, and being rewarded in some ways for the work I'm doing, and being so appreciated. I mean, I was always appreciated at my last school, but in the long run, that never amounted to anything really tangible in terms of work, only friendships. Here, I can soar if I want to... but *sigh* I'd still like to write again. Soon.
And I'm absolutely, completely, totally exhausted! I guess the tongue saga hasn't helped! Those stitches are so ugly! Thank goodness Steve flew in from Auckland in time to get the children to the fundraiser of Pirates of the C3 while I was socialising with the Catholics, and I could just come home and sit like a blank thing on the couch at seven-thirty! Am looking forward to the weekend. Tomorrow, netball, soccer, then NOTHING for the whole afternoon. Wheee!