On Thursday fourth grader Hunter Skelton and Head of School Peter Thayer traded places for the day, fulfilling the gift of being “Head of School for a Day" won in our 2017 live auction. The trade was great fun and educational for both parties.
Hunter was provided with an official ID Badge for the day and had a very full day from serving as a front door greeter in the rain to guiding children to the buses. In between those events, he met with administrators and teachers in the building, observed classes in both divisions, and during the all school chapel made a preciously authentic declaration: “This is a little nerve-wracking… (deep breath) ...On my behalf, I declare … a dress down day for tomorrow!” His pronouncement was met with uproarious applause, except from the early childhood students who dress down every day. When asked about his day, Hunter said, “I really liked being Head of School. It was a phenomenal experience….I liked walking around the school and having meetings and giving my ideas... I also liked going to the teachers’ lounge and eating cookies.”
Mr. Thayer had a wonderful day as well in the role of a 4th grade student. He was able to brush up on his Singapore math skills and journal about them, learn about the difference between revising and editing, hear more about Westward Expansion and the Trail of Tears, and reaffirm that we have great teachers and kids at St. Anne’s. He also met with his PreK buddy, created a color wheel in art, and played the recorder in music class (first time since 3rd grade, he reports). It was a great day.