Today was our annual Community BBQ and I was happy to spend time with current, past and future students and their families.
Several graduates of our school came to help out and it was wonderful to see them helping current students Tie-Dying t-shirts, chowing down on BBQ and running around our tiny school yard.
At the end of the evening, I was walking to my car and ended up on the route of two former students. We started chatting about their experiences in their new middle school. They shared about some things that they are particularly enjoying and other things that they miss.
Because of a discussion that popped up on this blog regarding an earlier post, I was very interested to hear that one of their biggest problems with their new school is hallway behaviour. I kid you not, they said how much they missed lines. They were shocked that their new school has no structure in hallways and expressed that halls and stairwells are noisy and feel unsafe. They were incredulous.
It was interesting to hear their perspective. I hadn't realized how much the lines and calm atmosphere in our hallways and stairwells was appreciated by our students.