YOUR STORY: Principal's job more than coffee and detentions
This story was submitted by Tannum Sands State High School year 9 student Tisshapaa Sivagnanan. Tisshapaa was the schools principal for a day on June 1, where she found Ray Johnstone's job was much more than handing out detentions and drinking coffee.
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 was always unplanned incidents popping up here and there.
In Mrs Moller's wise words, 'it's a firefighting 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 waking a day in their shoes I can assure you it's a lot harder than it looks.