Sally Flint

School Graduation

So after sixteen years of schooling, graduation finally came … and went… for our gorgeous little Betsy. She announced to me just now that she is officially unemployed!¬†

Lots of people have asked me if I’m going to blog about Betsy’s graduation, but what to say?… I could blog how we’re the proudest parents alive – along with every other proud parent of graduates. I could blog about how time has flown quicker than the blink of an eye, (I’m good at cliches) and how scared and excited I am for her as she embarks on the next chapter of her life. I could blog about how the idea of not having her at home next year sucks, but how I wouldn’t swap her having that opportunity for the world … but that’s all way too earnest for me.

Graduation Thoughts and Reflections

Instead here are my very random thoughts, in no particular order, following¬† yesterday’s spectacular graduation ceremony at Bangkok Patana School:

  • School graduations are a farily new phenonemon. Back in the day, when I left school we finished our last class, threw eggs and flour on the bus on the way home (not me, I was a good girl!) and left. Job done!
  • 16 years of intensive education is worth celebrating. I love graduation.¬†
  • Way more kids graduate from school than uni, and spend much longer there so school graduations should, arguably, have a higher status.¬† Ours is ‘extra’ and we are lucky for that.
  • Our school turns out great kids but …
  • Our great kids probably don’t yet realise how lucky and privileged they¬†are.
  • Personalised teacher cards to kids are worth their weight in gold.¬†
  • My daughter can walk across the stage four times in heels and not fall over. Phew.
  • Heels are over-rated. Why do we have them?¬†
  • Are heels a symbol of oppression?
  • Shoud the discussion of heels be¬†a Masters’ dissertation topic.
  • Big sisters are the best for helping prepare for graduation.
  • Spandex is a wonderful thing, but is it too a symbol of oppression?¬†
  • We spend years teaching our students about¬†the perils of alcohol abuse and then wave them merrily off to a wild after-grad party.
  • I am not the only ‘avoider’. See earlier blog¬†post.
  • No longer being a teacher at our school is weird and sad! I too, like Betsy,¬†am unemployed.¬†
  • My husband is too smart for his own good and writes a great graduation speech. Today in the¬†Guardian¬†the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan¬†pinched his idea in saying that Donald Trump is like a twentieth century fascist.¬†
  • My husband is funny as shown by this line: “Next week, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson will cement their Doris Bromance in London with their pitbull Nigel Farage.¬†
  • My husband is adorable in that he worried, after the event, that using Doris as a play on words might seem sexist.
  • The power of language should not be underestimated.
  • My husband’s speeches could perhaps be a little less political!¬†
  • Our school educators¬†teach¬†our kids to be confident orators, singers, and performers. Being a risk taker is a good thing.
  • Our kids have no excuse to not truly understand the value of good values.
  • Some kids will never have those values embedded in them.
  • In order to thrive it is essential to buy into and trust a belief system.
  • In the old days teaching was called a vocation. This still stands.
  • An excellent pastoral system should come first in education.
  • International friendships are fabulous.¬†
  • International frienships with parents from differing cultures are probably difficult to maintain long term.¬†
  • A big budget lends itself to a massive team of school housekeeprs, technicians and helpers. Our kids are good at saying thank you, but may not actually really value them.
  • If I ruled the world I’d have the Year 12¬†kids set up or clean up the school tables at graduation.
  • People watching at graduation is interesting. The kids are adults and the connection between students and teachers is powerful and important.
  • Graduation is celebrating every day of a students’ journey, not just the last year or few weeks.¬†
  • Technology is amazing. What a phenomenon that our graduation can be viewed world wide. Check out the Patana School Alumni page here for more¬†photos and fun.
  • Photos feature a lot at graduations these days!¬†
  • My kids find bad photos of me highly amusing.
  • The day after graduation is a great day for a¬†Sheraton brunch.
  • Social extroverts (especially sober¬†ones) are highly desired at functions.
  • Preparing for a graduation is like preparing for a very large wedding. A massive task that teachers don’t prepare for when doing their training!¬†
  • Teachers and staff who organise massive events like graduation and residentials are awesome.
  • Friends and ex-teachers who come and celebrate your kids’ graduation are super kind.¬†
  • All the world is an extension of a karaoke hall. Young and old like to belt out classic numbers when the opportunity arises. My daughter included during the informal entertainment of her graduation.
  • Students who have the confidence to have fun and be themselves are a school’s success story.

I started this blog thinking I would be wryly tongue in cheek and moderately amusing. The reality is that I feel like I’ve written out a list of essay questions or statements that should all have ‘Discuss’ at the end of then. I’m a little afeared I sound a bit preachy, but hopefully not.

Graduation Gratitude

To be honest, at times like this my gratitude list is overflowing. Thank you and farewell Bangkok Patana School.

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