4/10/09

The definition of a 'good sport'!

That would be my boss, our Elementary School Principal yesterday, who got dunked 14 times in freezing water!

Our Principal's Challenge this year was designed to encourage the students to read more. So they were set a target of achieving 3,500 AR points, with the promise of dunking the Principal if they succeeded. Well of course with that kind of reward they did it!

So yesterday a big tank was hauled in from the local Fire Dept and our maintenance man filled it with water. Early in the day it seemed like the whole process might not be too painful for her, as the weather obliged, being sunny and 74 degrees. But sadly for my boss, about 30 minutes before the start a squall blew through. The temperature dropped into the 60's, the wind was blowing at 30mph and it was trying to rain! In England we call this 'sods law'!

This was taken the first time she hit the water, which our maintenance man had kindly dumped three 5 litre buckets of ice into. I think you can tell just how cold it was from her expression and body language! I have to admit I like everyone else there, was falling about laughing at this point!

But she didn't just get dunked once, because it was decided the two students with the most AR points from each class would throw a ball. Well that equalled 14 shots and our sneaky maintenance man (who was loving every minute) had decided the target was too small for the kids to hit. So if you look above you can see the huge target he replaced it with, plus he made it ultra sensitive and they were given a basketball instead of a softball!

The end result being that Mrs N. got dunked all 14 times into the freezing water, with the kids enthusiastically chanting each throwers name. I'm sure it's not hard to imagine how much the kids enjoyed the whole event and on top of all the Easter candy they'd consumed, there was alot of over excitement!

Finally the water torture was over and she was given a towel to dry off by her husband, the High School Principal. There he is walking away behind her and take note of the big smile he's trying to suppress unsuccessfully!

When my boss walked back into our office 15 minutes later not only her teeth were chattering, her whole chin was LOL! I made her some hot tea, we pumped the heat up and she changed, but she was still freezing at the end of the day.

I had nothing but admiration for her as she kept on smiling throughout, but I suggested to her she might want to reconsider the head shaving option next year!

24 comments:

Sherri said...

Looks like there was alot of fun had by all (except maybe your freezing boss-LOL)!

Ruth said...

What a good sport. I may have done it once for a good cause, but not over and over, even for the best pot of tea! I love the Manhattan photo in your Skywatch post. We took the harbour tour last June...in the rain.

pamokc said...

Lordy lordy! Brave soul! Yes, she needs to find another avenue of abuse for next year! She's adorable!

Kendris said...

Yikes! I get the shivers just looking at her after that first dunk. Brave woman!

Daisigirl said...

BRRRRRRRR! I couldn't handle that! It looks like she was a great sport! Have a wonderful Easter!! :o)

Rhea said...

Oh, She's AWESOME! Totally a good sport. And what a cutie. Her husband is cute too. That's too cool they are BOTH principals!

Flea said...

Poor thing! She's so brave. I think I'd shave my head first.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I admire her. I couldn't have gone through with it.

Sarah said...

From one fellow Sarah to another - HI! Have a wonderful Easter (visiting from SITS)

MikeH said...

Poor woman! And, yes, what a good sport. Once would have been more than enough for me.

Lynne said...

The kids must have had a ball! She looks so young to be a principal.

Almost American said...

What a good sport!

Since when do they hire teenagers to be principals though? ;-)

Jill of All Trades said...

That is so much fun for the kids and she did it still smiling for them. What a trooper.

Winifred said...

She definitely is a good sport. I think once should have been enough given the weather.

What a sadist that maintenance bloke is! His turn next.

Daisy said...

Good for her!! And good for you for helping her warm up afterward. I wonder if my principal would do this -- yes, I think she would.

LadyFi said...

She is one helluva brave girl!

Daryl said...

She is definitely not just a good sport but a woman of her word ... and I must say brave .. tho the sneakers are one thing I would have not kept on .. I hope she doesnt catch cold ...

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Good Goddess, what a sport!

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

What a fantastic blog you have going here Brit Gal......My Prince Charming is from South London. We still have one daughter is London, one in Barry, Wales and two here...a male kiddo and another female. Don't you know he hated the hormones in our house. theyare all grown and on their own now. I long for them every single day.
London kiddo is coming Monday and is brining Cadbury's, Branston Pickle and custard powder with her. We can't wait to see her, but of course I can't wait for her stash either.
Take good care, have a blessed Easter and........

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Linda J. said...

She sounds like a good principal. Our principal dressed as Hannah Montana and rode a bicycle through town. In addition to the wig and clothes, HE shaved his beard and mustache to get the full Hannah look. The students vote on how he is to dress each year.
I'm sure your hot cup of tea was very welcomed!

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Sassy Britches said...

What a great example to set for the kids! And what great legs she has! :)

George said...

Your principal is certainly a good (but cold) sport. It sounds as if everyone had a great time.

Esther Garvi said...

Wow! I agree with Sherri, I would have done it once for a good cause, but 14 times??? Wow! Did she manage to stay healthy afterwards??