Arima Girls RC dismissed school at 1 pm this afternoon. School principal Elisa Russell-Caldon explained, in a note to parents, that the disruption in their children’s education was “to facilitate curriculum planning.”
So, the staff at Arima Girls RC is apparently deciding what to do with its pupils one month into the school term. These are probably the same teachers who lecture students with the old adage: “If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”
Of course, parents are accustomed to local schools closing on short notice for anything from too many pigeons to too few teachers and dry taps to flooded compounds. At Arima Girls RC, it is often staff meetings, workshops and, on this occasion, because the teachers are not sure how to get through the semester.
And, while teachers play catch up during school hours, students twiddle their thumbs in bemusement.
So, when next you are ignored in a store because the staff is doing some “curriculum planning” in a corner during office hours, say your own version of “thank you” to Arima Girls RC and educators of their ilk who left a vivid impression on their former students.
And how do we thank the likes of Russell-Caldon for the role they play in framing Trinidad and Tobago’s society?
Mr Live Wire suggests that employees at her favourite restaurant hold an impromptu staff meeting when next she drops in for lunch.