North Vancouver School District
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Jun 21
Boundary Elementary’s Principal for a Day

By Tim MacLeod, Principal and Lisa Dalla Vecchia, Communications Manager

It’s not everyday a student gets promoted to top job, acting school principal!

Grade 1 student Aston was up to the challenge. Eager to make a strong impression, he arrived ready to start his day at 8:30 a.m., and he brought mini donuts to share with staff.

Following a tour of the school, his first task was to welcome staff and students into the building. Of course, he made time to speak with some of the families who were curious to meet the new administrator.


A principal always needs to keep an eye on what is happening on and around school grounds. As an example, Aston watched for traffic violations and dealt with a dog on the school playground. Throughout all of this, he managed to make himself available for some photos!

Once he ensured students were in their classrooms, engaged in learning with teachers, he prepared to leave for the Education Services Centre, where he had a meeting with his boss, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Pius Ryan.


Always prepared, Aston came with a list of questions, including:

  • What exactly do you do?
  • What is your goal as superintendent?
  • How many people work at the school district?
  • How many students are there in North Vancouver?
  • Why don’t you patch up the bird holes?


After a successful first meeting, he made his way to Facilities & Planning to greet the staff who maintain school and district sites and work on capital projects.

He then made a quick stop for a much deserved hot chocolate before returning to Boundary, where he had to make a big decision. He shared the decision over the PA system: extending morning recess for five minutes!

Ongoing professional development is an important part of a principal’s learning. A math lesson took up the rest of Aston’s morning until the lunch hour.

Over lunch, Aston supervised classrooms and then went outside for more supervisory duties, plus some much needed engagement with students (i.e. playtime).

There was no rest for Aston after lunch, which saw him do a playground and grounds inspection, submit work orders, acknowledge student birthdays, and visit a few classrooms.

Following a second professional development unit at the school library, Aston was presented with the book, Principal for a Day, by Marisa Kossoy, and thanked for his service to the Boundary community.

School Principal Tim MacLeod was most pleased with Aston’s first day and happy to know that if ever the need, Aston could help out with school duties in the future.

Well done, Aston! We hope you enjoyed your behind-the-scenes access to school administration.

Special thanks to Boundary’s Parent Advisory Council, for making this opportunity possible!



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