I’ve got to Walk the Talk
As instructor and facilitator for the subject of recreational slideshow making, I need to walk the talk. I was inspired by my friend (Where there’s a will, there’s a mean ) to do a video slideshow to celebrate our cohort milestone anniversary. With an unexpected turn of event, this is the most significant project I have ever embarked on today.
Earlier in the year, our cohort had pulled together resources for the air-conditioning of the school hall. As a gesture of appreciation, the school principal had invited the whole cohort back as the guests-of-honour for the Primary Six graduation ceremony. The slideshow would be presented for the graduation class of 2019, in the presence of the teachers and parents.
I was excited about the opportunity to do something different. The target audience were going to be twelve years old girls who would be going separate ways to the different secondary schools. The graduation day was scheduled a week before the release of the PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examinations) result. We hoped the slideshow would deliver meaningful messages that shall make a difference no matter what their results.
On hindsight, here are the few tips that worked for me:
- To form a project core team to solicit support and feedback from the classmates as one would not be able to this alone.
- To gather old photos and memorabilia that could be used to create collages to be part of the video slideshow. For instance, these could be autographs of teachers, old school photos and pictures of past gatherings.
- To create a mock-up of the slideshow to communicate (via visualisation) how the classmates’ contribution shall fit into the video. This would help to encourage participation.
It was 4 months from the time the idea was mooted to the graduation day where the slideshow was shown. There were three face-to-face meetings and many offline exchanges to streamline the flow. Finally we decided to use the metaphor ‘setting sail’ to relate to leaving the safe harbour (current school) for a new adventure (secondary school).
Never would I have dreamt that I would go back to the school as one of the guests-of-honour to present this slideshow. I was an ugly duckling while in school and how things have come a full cycle. I took the stage with pride as I introduced other representatives of our batch. Above all, we were glad to be able to pass on the school spirit, share our experiences and express our love.
In conclusion, I believe that challenges can be overcome as long as I have the right intention, positive messages and love for the school in mind. If I can do it, you can too!