Now as functions go, the format is fairly predictable...we do a welcome, introduce our special guests, sketch the scene for the event and proceed to recognize the individuals who made-it-happen so successfully, eat between interludes and do a thanks to wrap-up the evening. Tonight was no different, but no matter how unsurprising the layout of these events, each one has its own special touch. Tonight was no different.
First, let me highlight the many Lead Teachers, across a plethora of subjects, who unselfishly dedicated many Saturdays in the lead-up to the orientation, and the actual period of the orientation, to provide 100s of their school-based colleagues a heads-up on the new curriculum's subject policy documents. By all accounts, across the many venues, the general view is they did an outstanding job and deserve the accolades that have been heaped on them.
Secondly, the magic touch this evening was provided by our Head of Curriculum Services, Charmaine. I doubt she anticipated she would draw attention to herself, but she was called upon to provide an input to thank our Lead Teachers for their tireless effort. But no speech was made. Instead, she treated the audience to a self-composed song of thanks, ably accompanied by her husband on guitar...it was a warm, personal and intimate message. Perfect.
After that, the energy in the room changed...a different buzz filled the air...the conversations became more animated and a "lovely" feeling hung over the entire evening. No one felt untouched, unrecognized or unappreciated. Objective achieved.
Do see the picture gallery here.