How are you feeling heading into this school year? Excited? Nervous? Happy? Hopeful?
The return to school means something different for everyone, whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a parent (or some combo of all 3). This is a big year for our family, as Gail will be teaching Kayla in grade 4 and Jake is starting high school with his big brother Sean there to show him the ropes.
This past week, Kayla started grade two at St. Paul Elementary School with Gail as her teacher. As St. Paul is a single-streamed school (ie. one class per grade), Gail – with her principal’s blessing – taught Sean 6 years ago, Jake 4 years ago, and now Kayla.
I’ve always contended that having your parent as your teacher can be a lot tougher than one might think. I can’t speak for Gail, but I know that if I taught one of my own kids, I would almost “over compensate” and be tougher on him/her than on other kids for fear of anyone claiming I was biased or favouring my own child.
I saw it in small ways when I helped to coach the boys’ volleyball teams last year. I was extremely careful about not giving Sean or Jake too much playing time, and I may have actually short-changed them on equal playing time on a couple of occasions.
Here is the text of my address to the congregation attending the 5pm Mass at St. Paul’s on Saturday, May 25. Parishioners are giving quick testimonies at all the Masses this weekend as part of our stewardship initiative.
Hi everyone, my name is Clayton Imoo and I currently serve as the Director of the Parish Religious Education Program here at St. Paul Parish. My lovely wife Gail is a grade 2 teacher at St. Paul School and she was the one who introduced me to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church when I met her back in 1989. Together we have Sean Isaiah who is in grade 6, Jacob Isaac in grade 4, and Kayla Marie who is in kindergarten. My full-time job for the past 10 years has been as the Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and prior to that I was the parish youth ministry coordinator here.
I received the Sacraments of Initiation at this very church 20 years ago at the Easter Vigil and since then I’ve been blessed to encounter and experience the amazing love of God time and time again at this parish. I love this parish because it is a main conduit to share God’s love for me with others: through what I do, through what I say, and most importantly, through who I am. Put simply: St. Paul Parish is a huge part of my life.
With less than a week to go before the September 15 deadline, a lockout seems certain. As a huge sports fan and Canucks fan, I look forward to the NHL season every year. Therefore, I will really miss the NHL if there is a shortened season. But I guess there is a bright side to a lockout: I’ll be able to get my priorities straight and I will likely become a better student.
Instead of watching the Canucks on TV every second night or so, I can study. I will be able to improve on my least favourite subjects like Science and Social Studies while maintaining my love for recess, lunch and PE. Also, I won’t go to as many games with my Dad. While I realize how lucky I am to go to games, my grades will certainly get better. I’ll be home more and not taking 4 hour chunks to get to and from the arena. I’ve actually taken my textbooks to a game before and I studied during the intermission. I went from screaming to studying, booing to writing, and chanting to reading.