Lakemba Public School was truly a “bucketfilling school” long before we got here. Bucketfilling posters everywhere. Fabulous teachers so excited to learn more about bucket filling. It was a whirlwind and wonderful day. I was so amazed at how the teachers and students were so eager to learn more.
This is our last full day in Australia and I spent much of the day speaking to students, parents and teachers at the first official “Bucket Filling School” Australia! It was such an honour. The credit for getting here goes to our dear friend and Australian book distributor, Pintoo Sidhu of Empathy Books. He did all the leg work and communication to arrange our visit here. He even helped me find a frame for the school certificate. Thank you Pintoo!
Pintoo picked me up at our hotel at 7:30 am and we were non-stop throughout the morning. Sadly, Jack picked up a bug yesterday and has been coughing, sneezing, and a bit under the weather since then. He stayed at the airport hotel so he could relax and get better before our flight home tomorrow.
We were able to fit in a powerful 30-minute teacher session, a 15-minute full school session with all staff and parents, two 30-minute assemblies split by grade, two 20-minute classroom visits and a tea time with book signing for staff. Many of the teachers said they found our books and adopted bucket filling more than five years ago and have loved its message of kindness and positivity since they first heard about it. I’ve never seen so many friendly children and such happy staff.
We fly home tomorrow with the happiness of meeting so many new friends and seeing so much beauty in the countries of New Zealand and Australia. A dream come true.
With sincere gratitude,
P.S. In one of the photos in the centre is one of Lakemba’s Assistant Principals, Tammy KC. The woman next to her is the Principal, Jann Martin. Both wonderful woman and superb leaders who make a difference.
Homeward bound …
Carol McCloud | Publisher | Author and Speaker
Bucket Fillers, Inc.
Phone: 810 229-5468
Fax: 810 588-6782
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