CLASS RECORD: You meet all kinds in school PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 January 2012 14:31

BY Christine Y. Guinacaran

The school is one place teeming with oddities and if you pay attention, you will always have some interesting stories like the following:

The embarrassed principal-  When I was still a new teacher,  there was a  student- emcee who introduced our middle-50’s  principal as the chair of a beautification project of our school.  The principal was sitting at the stage facing us, together with  the guest speaker and a division supervisor. The student started exulting the principal, reading from her notes her exemplary qualities like, “ Our mestiza principal completed her masters degree in WMSU,… she is very intelligent and her leadership is beyond par….Let’s welcome the forever young and beautiful ….”,   As the enthusiastic student delivered  these great words for the  principal ,  our  principal-looked shocked and very embarrassed at the inflated overture. She grimaced and nodded her head sideways in embarrassment for the words spoken were really overly grand  and sounded funny much to the amusement of the two visitors and even some teachers.  On my seat, I was silently thanking heavens that I was not the principal because I’d also be embarrassed if I were introduced in that obsequious way.  After the introduction the principal went to the front, still giggling at the profuse introduction and gave her criteria for the contest.

Later on in the afternoon, I saw the student near the canteen,  happily eating her snacks with her friends looking like a girl who had just excellently completed a great  task.  I commented on her introduction. She laughed and innocently said, “ Ah, it was just ma’am principal who made the introduction for me and we practiced in her office yesterday afternoon.”

Lost and Found P70.00- My professor friend found P70 on the floor of the building where she was teaching.  She casually mentioned it to some teachers and students.  So since nobody who heard her seems to own it, she put it in her bag and forgot about it.  Later, one of her latecomer students approached her and secretly asked, “Ma’am, is it true that you found P70?”  She replied, “yes, why?”  The student looked to the left then to the right, and came closer to my friend’s ear and whispered, “can it just be mine? I have not eaten yet.   My friend gave it to her.

To the left or to the right?- I cannot forget one everyday  scenario, when I was still teaching in the barrio. It was the elementary  students running outside the school and racing home when the dismissal bell rang. In the high school however, students did not run, they just walked together with their friends.  There would be some baranggay “kagawads” on sight to aid and supervise the great number of students going home.  They were very alert and most of the time scolding some very careless and very energetic kids.  We instructed our high school kids to always walk on the left side of the street because it’s really the proper side to walk, so that they could see the approaching buses near their side.  So our students always  walked on the left. One day, an elderly barangay kagawad,  who was always not on duty every dismissal,  decided that it was about time that he too rendered this kind of service to the children of the community.  He was there at the side of the road, a new sight for all of us.  When he saw the kids all walking on the left, he shouted almost jumping up and down waving his hand at the surprised students as he instructed all of them to always stay right.