When you work in a school, term four really gives you the opportunity to reflect upon the last twelve months of your professional life. You get to see a clear record of the months that you poured all of your best intentions, your heart and your soul into the children that you worked with and you get to see all of your combined efforts come to fruition.
Yes, in term four, all of your hard spent efforts and days of endurance culminate into something very special indeed. Something quite tangible and also terrific because you get to see the change. The change for the better. It is literally what gets me up in the mornings; especially in term four when I am starting to get a bit over a lot of things as well, but that feeling of seeing a child fly by themselves without your help, it is just gold.
A child that couldn't read will be reading, a child that couldn't write will be writing, a child that couldn't count will be counting and most importantly, a child that didn't have any faith in themselves or self esteem, will be successful and will continue to succeed without your help. That is when you know that everything that you have done is worthwhile, that what you do really does matter and that all of your efforts weren't in vain; they amounted to something pretty tremendous, they helped someone to be more than what they were before.
Term four is easily my favourite of all of the terms, because it is the term where I get to see some kids really find their feet and some even stretch their wings. So I never feel low when we return for the final stretch of the year, instead of saying - Oh lord, no not another round, I say once more with feeling, because there will be many tears of joy at graduation and many triumphs to celebrate with our students as we farewell them onto the next stage of their life journeys in a few short months time, and I can't wait to be there for it.
Release Date: 2007
Running Time: 96 mins
This movie is for those that like a little adventure and magic in their lives. Based on the novel of the same name by Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia is a beautiful story about friendship, imagination and being yourself that I think most kids would relate to.
Pre-teens Jesse and Leslie become fast friends against the odds and create an imaginary world called Terabithia together. In this land they rule as King and Queen, fighting off trolls, monsters and giants; but also forging a friendship that allows them both to grow and learn from each other.
Be warned, this film has it's fair share of tragedy and I found myself sobbing away on the couch next to the kids when I saw it, so get your tissues at the ready.
FINAL SAY: A magical friendship.
3.5 Chilli Peppers