A proud moment in the Wenmoth household this week as my mum “retired” after 20 years of volunteer work in schools throughout the Canterbury region, introducing students to the skills of athletics.
I visited her in the weekend soon after she’d attended her farewell, and she was still recounting stories of schools she’d worked in, students she’d coached and friends she’d made through this work – somehow I don’t see it all ending quite as suddenly as she imagines 🙂 As I reflect on her involvement, I’m reminded of a number of key principles here that are worth recording in terms of how we can build an effective education system:
- passion and enthusiasm is infectious.
- volunteers are a valuable resource and we need to look after them.
- age needn’t be a barrier when it comes to working with kids.
- improvisation is a key competency of a good teacher.
- we achieve a lot more when the glass is half full!
Well done mum – and enjoy your bowls now 🙂