On September 15, 2014, Sally, Esther, Sarah, and I became full-time employees of Life International School.
Our first job was to attend the Life Family Retreat, which included all teachers and staff of Life University, Life Primary School, Life Secondary School, Life High School, and Life International School. All of the Life University students were also invited to join. We had over 300 people in attendance.
It was barely 24 hours long because we arrived at lunchtime on the 15th and left after lunch on the 16th. But it was great time of praise, hearing the Gospel message, getting to know our coworkers, and bonding with all of the other teachers and staff of Life Campus.
For the next three days, we had teacher training with Mrs. Sharon Hataway. The new teachers were able to learn new techniques and ask any questions they had about teaching. It was a great time of learning and preparing!
The next week was a Cambodian holiday so we didn't have work for three days. However we used that time to plan our lessons, prepare our classrooms, and get ready for school.
On Sunday night, the day before school started, all of the LIS teachers and staff went out to dinner. We had a great time of fellowship and was able to get to know each other better. Everyone was encouraged and ready to work!
On Sept 29, 2014, Life International School held its Opening Ceremony to mark the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. All of the students returned to school. Many parents came and stayed for the whole ceremony. We had 25 flags representing the different countries that our students are from. All of the teachers got to introduce themselves. And I was able to greet everyone as the new principal.
The next day was our first full day of class. We started with the flag ceremony. All of the students from Preschool to Grade 10 lined up outside to show respect for this country.
After the flag ceremony, we gathered for chapel. Every first day of the week, we have chapel for primary school and secondary school. For this one, we combined all the students for a huge chapel time.
Another ceremony we had was the Bible ceremony. Students in 4th and 5th grade received English Bibles from Gideons International. We pray that the students will treasure their Bibles and read it every day!
And now after two full weeks of school, we are adjusting well to the school schedule and loving our kids! Our October mission video will have more information about that, so please look forward to it :)