Third grade student Quinn got an insider’s perspective of school administration last week in his time as SBA’s “Principal for a Day.” The opportunity for a student to serve as principal is one of the popular prizes at SBA’s annual auction.
Quinn arrived early to school to help with morning courtyard duty. After settling into the office, Quinn led the school in prayer, the pledge, and morning announcements. He then walked through the school to collect the attendance report.
As the morning progressed, Quinn helped to lead a tour for a prospective student and answered many of the family’s questions about classes and extracurricular opportunities like Robotics and the Performing Arts Club, both of which Quinn is a member. Quinn also talked about the Birch Hill Terrace Penpal Program and our weekly school Mass. He is looking forward to the opportunity to be an altar server at our school Masses next year – he already serves at his parish.
Quinn declared that his third grade class would have a bit of extra recess – much to the delight of his classmates. Quinn was then treated to a hot chocolate and donut from Dunkin’s, and he treated the faculty to a morning coffee during their break period.
After recess, Quinn joined his class for music class and then spent time in the office completing an important project – creating the song sheet for the last three Masses of the school year – May 26, June 2 (when we will recognize students who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and will welcome Fr. John Fortin, O.S.B., the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese as our celebrant), and June 12 – our closing-of-the-year Mass.
Quinn hosted a special luncheon in the office for several of his classmates. The group enjoyed a lunch of pizza, chips, and Principal Quinn’s favorite dessert – strawberry ice cream – while listening to music and talking about the school day.
After lunch, Quinn went around to the different classrooms to check out what students and teachers were up to for their afternoon lessons. He noted that First Grade students were busy with an art project and were singing the songs in preparation for the May 19th Crowning of Mary Prayer Service and that Third Graders were engaged in a science lesson on how plants transform the sun’s energy into food.
Mr. McLaughlin enjoyed spending the day with Quinn as SBA’s “Principal for a day.”