This morning was kindergarten graduation and Friday was the last day of P (grade school) classes. The last time I will see some of my students ever again, because unlike the other teachers I won’t be returning to Principal in the fall.
My P class students didn’t really say a proper goodbye, the just assume I will be there come September, and I didn’t have the heart to tell them I wouldn’t be. Some of them I will miss greatly,and some of them well… good riddance. For the last day we had a big assembly with prizes for the students who worked hard all year and classroom parties afterward. All the kids brought in snacks to share and I was assaulted with cookies the second I stepped into the classroom. We had a chance to play games and just relax and have fun. It was nice to be able to hang out with my students and be able to just play and not have to do anything serious. I wasn’t quite sure how to say goodbye so I just kind of left with an ambiguous “have a fun summer vacation” and was on my way.
Graduation was significantly more emotional, as much as a kindergarten graduation can be. Luckily I will have my students for two more weeks, So I didn’t have to say goodbye just yet.
The ceremony was hosted in English and Chinese, but all the songs and performances by the students were done in English. First all three classes sang a welcome song to their parents together….
Then each class performed a play of their choice. All the classes did Disney movies. Mine chose Mulan, my all time favorite Disney movie (though I still hold to my conviction that Disney is evil and they did butcher the real story of Mulan) and I may be a bit biased but, my class’ play was hands down the best out of all three.
I admit I did get a little teary eyed when my student Jason, playing Mulan’s father, enacted the emotional scene of accepting the call of duty by ditching his cane and proudly walking to the emperors messenger. It was so freaking adorable I couldn’t contain myself.
I’ll Make a Man Out of You scene
Mushu and Crikie
“A Girl Worth Fighting For” ( I apologize for my singing in the background of the video)
The Huns getting covered by the avalanche
Mulan saves the day
“Take this so that your father will know what you have done for the emperor. And take this so that the world will know what you have done for China”
After each performance, classes were called on stage individually to receive official certificates of achievement. Then it was wrapped up by a student “speech” (I have been drilling them all semester on this speech) and a final thank you song to the parents (“You Raise Me Up” which after being used for every parent event this semester I hope I never have to hear again in my teaching career).
Then us teachers were brought up on stage and we each said something about the students and it got a little emotional, most of the Chinese teachers have had these students from the very beginning. Students were then called on stage to give us hugs and take pictures and that was that. I gave each of my students a huge hugs and took a million pictures for parents. I even got some flowers and an adorable card from my favorite student Danny.
In a sense, I am graduating myself, I guess times like these are when I am going to miss teaching kindergarten.
But, as my former K3 students head off into the unknown world of elementary school, I will be starting my own adventure as I delve into the world of teaching high school in Taichung Taiwan.
I am moving in three weeks, and my boyfriend is visiting during the transition. I hope to get in one more post before his arrival this coming weekend. But if not I will be on hiatus for three weeks with some really long posts when I return.
When all the world around you
It seems to fall apart
Keep on believin’, baby
Just be true to your heart…