CQSB School Administrator Week
Dear Principals and Centre Director,
Last week was the Semaine québécoise des directions d’établissement scolaire. Though your association is not a member of the Fédération Québécoise des directions d’établissement d’enseignement, we think that you too deserve recognition and, as such, have decided to launch a CQSB School Administrator Week.
More than ever, we are impressed by your ingenuity, your resilience, your passion and your strength as we are all navigating through unprecedented challenges since the beginning of the school year. Today, we want to tell you that we are proud and grateful to have such wonderful school leaders in all of you.
Each of you have unique talents and skill sets that set the tone in your schools. You each have your own personal motivations, fears, thoughts, and beliefs that allow you to take on the incredible responsibility of leading a school or centre. The colour you bring to your work is what makes your school’s heart beat.
Each day you oversee and implement your School’s Educational Project and Action Plan to drive pedagogy forward. You guide your staff as they look up to you for direction. You interact with students and their parents. Then, when the day seems about over, you are asked to take on many other assignments and responsibilities such as serving on governing boards, parent participation organization, school foundation, staff meetings. You attend concerts and sporting events. Over the weekend, you may even receive a call from Santé Publique or Marylène because there is a Covid- 19 case in your school. And your role goes way beyond the school walls, because as soon as you set foot outside your building, you are still a representative and spokesperson of your establishment in your community.
You all have the ability to roll up your sleeves and lend a hand. Many of you go over and above your regular call of duty, i.e., gardening, feeding the fish in the pond, building an outdoor classroom, painting a room in the school. You even clean up spills, because sometimes being a Principal or a Vice-principal also entails working with a mop while being all dressed up because “that” meeting is about to begin.
You are on the front line when it comes to helping others; caring is part of what defines you.
School leadership is a multifaceted calling that has you wearing many hats. Whether you are managing, guiding, communicating, serving, or working with your team, your ultimate goal is to create a safe and effective learning environment for all your students, no matter what hats you have to wear to reach that goal.
Along with the members of the staff, students and parents, the Council of Commissioners and the Administrative Council wishes to thank you and recognize your exceptional dedication to the learners of the Central Québec School Board.
Stephen Burke, Chairman of the Council of Commissioners
Stephen Pigeon, Director General