The end of a difficult day....
Day of change!
We began the day with a staff meeting. Karen and Sharalyn met with the ACT staff in our ACT Empowerment Centre (AEC) as Dave traveled up to Muko HS to begin a difficult day. We talked with our staff about how time consuming it is to do MUSIC and MHS and that it is because of their good work that we don’t have to spend so much time with them. We wanted to encourage them and help them to realize how important they also are to us.
The entire day, otherwise, was spent making huge changes at the High school. Generous, Rev Esau from the Diocese, Alexander, Sharalyn and Karen worked with Dave to put our Head Teacher on suspension, our Procurement Manager on suspension and to release our probationary bursar.
Prudance, who works in the ACT office will temporarily step up to do the work of the bursar in addition to her regular work at the AEC. The staff agreed to help her as necessary. Eric, our former interim Deputy Head Teacher became the interim Head Teacher and Bannet, one of our teachers, became interim Deputy Head Teacher. We knew it was pretty shocking for Eric and Bannet to be suddenly told their administrators were gone and that we wanted them to step up! So we talked a long time together, sharing our ideas for a model school and asking them if they could join us.
Everyone had a turn to speak. They seemed to embrace the opportunity.
Afterwards, we gathered the teachers. I told them what happened and how we were proceeding. We read Romans 12 for guidance and inspiration. Rev Esau spoke eloquently about teacher responsibilities and the rewards of being a teacher. Dave explained the problems at the school and why this drastic action was necessary. Generous and Sharalyn also shared their thoughts, contributing advice from their experiences as teachers. We asked for questions and advice. Eric spoke and one teacher, Barbra, spoke on behalf of the teachers offering their cooperation and support and thanked the teachers for helping her when she was interim Director of Studies.
We finished late and drove home in the dark. Our driver, Christopher, is an angel- always protecting us and keeping us safe. He is uncomplaining and reliable and our steady hand on the wheel at all times. He is a large part of the success of our teams.
Sending our best to you all!