HOT SEAT: Tannum Sands State High School student Tisshapaa Sivagnanan learnt a lot about being a principal when she shadowed Ray Johnston for the day.
HOT SEAT: Tannum Sands State High School student Tisshapaa Sivagnanan learnt a lot about being a principal when she shadowed Ray Johnston for the day.

Students get idea of what it’s like to be the principal

TWO Tannum Sands State High School students got an idea of what it's like to lead a school, partaking in Education Queensland's Principal for a Day initiative.

Year nine student Tisshapaa Sivagnanan and year 10 student Jake Green got to experience what Mr Ray Johnston did in his daily role.

Below is Tisshapaa's account of her day spent as principal:

"On Monday the 1st of June I had the opportunity to be principal for a day with a fellow student, Jake. I'm disappointed to say it's not all just handing out detentions and drinking coffee all day.

We had the chance to see what really happens at the top of the school ladder. As much as everyone in the admin tried to keep to their schedule there were always unplanned incidents popping up here and there.

In Mrs Moller's wise words, 'it's a fire fighting kind of job.' After talking about the school budget, time tabling, hundreds of emails, meeting some of the staff who aren't usually seen around school, and sitting in on a class Mr Johnston was observing our busy day had come to an end.

The most important thing I realised through the course of the day was that being the head of the school was a tough job that can only be made easier by a team of people striving to achieve the same goals and success.

Tannum is very lucky to have such dedicated staff whether it be in the classroom, admin or around the school grounds. I encourage all of you to give them a pat on their back and say a little thankyou next time you see them around. You may think their jobs are easy but after walking a day in their shoes I can assure you it's a lot harder than it looks."

Check out Jake's experience in next Tuesday's School Page.



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