Parent Night, Pizza and Pictures
I spent most of today receiving and counting money, the proceeds of the Country Week fundraising raffle. Counting, bagging and banking over $5000 and checking off dozens of kid's raffle books on my manual list and the computer. It was a messy process and one I'm not certain I did without error, at times there were 10 kids in my office and several thousand dollars in cheques, notes and coins spread all over my desk.
Once I'd dealt with the money I burned a couple of disks of pictures of the Uluru and Melbourne trips in preparation for tonight's parent night. I ordered 18 pizzas, drinks, chips, biscuits and mud cake and ice cream in order to feed the dozen teenagers and their families who came along. I managed at the third attempt to find a way to make the data projector do it's job so I could show pictures from the two trips. In a quirky coincidence, where I randomly selected a series of pictures to capture the highlights and tell the story of each journey, I ended up with the same number of photos from each trip, 205.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the night, with lots of laughter and comments throughout as I recounted the story of two special but very different experiences. Several of the parents expressed their thanks and gratitude at the end which is always reassuring and affirming, knowing that people appreciate the things you do for them, and in this case for their kids.
After two unsuccessful attempts to disarm security panels I wasn't game to try a third time in order to get the ice cream out of the freezer so we went without dessert but all the Tim Tams went and considering there were about 6 full pizzas uneaten at the end of the night I don't think anyone other than Sport Boy was disappointed.
Digital cameras, computers and data projectors make these sort of presentations dead easy and very effective. I only burned the disks about two hours before the parents arrived. I enjoy speaking to groups and found it easy to relive the experiences as I told the stories with pictures as prompts.
I also got to show people my Uluru painting and there seemed to be general approval.
Carolyn came along, bringing Jordan and Sport Boy who of course both came with us to Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games. A night off from the kitchen, with pizza for dinner was a nice bonus and she said she really enjoyed the night. It was certainly a good move to have a parent night that combined the two events and should help promote my work in the school and also increase knowledge and awareness of the Uluru trip next year.
I need to start thinking and planning about my next big project: taking a group to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing!!