School Principal Retirement Poems

Purple Blazing Star in Mary's Garden
I wrote these principal retirement poems for all of us to appreciate the hard work of school principals.

  • At their desks, students learn and study and take tests and pass and then, hopefully, graduate.
  • In their classrooms, teachers plan and teach and test and grade.
  • But who runs the whole school?
That's the job of the principal - and his helpers.

Having worked with different school principals - because I'm a teacher myself - I became aware of just how difficult it is to run a school.

It's not an easy job. Principals have many responsibilities and challenges in their line of work.

On the other hand, principals have a lot of influence. They set the direction of the school. They are leaders. They can inspire and encourage us to greatness.

Over the years, the work of the principal affects the lives of many parents, teachers, and students. Especially, when it's time to retire, the principal deserves our appreciation.

And a well-earned rest!

You are welcome to use and share these principal retirement poems,
provided you follow the Poem Terms and Conditions.

220. We All Agree!

     by Paul Berchtold, March, 2012

(This poem can be read in choral parts.)

We parents thank you.
You help our children
Become wise and true
Young men and women.

We teachers thank you.
To work as a team,
You have been the glue,
For full ahead steam.

We students thank you.
You have been the guide.
Together anew
In our school take pride.

We all will miss you.
You deserve a rest.
And whatever you do,
We wish you the best.

221. Like an Eagle, Soar!

     by Paul Berchtold, March, 2012

You're an eagle. Again you fly.
It's time we sadly say good-bye.
Yet really, you deserve our cheers,
As our principal all these years.

Like the eagle, you inspire,
You give courage to go higher,
You've given all, your very best,
Now it's time for some well-earned rest.

When you're principal no more,
Spread wide your wings. Feel free to soar.
"Ever onwards!" It's your best part,
It's why we'll keep you in our heart.

222. A Moment Please

     by Paul Berchtold, March, 2012

A moment please, for just a word,
Is it true what we now have heard?
It's a bit much to be believing,
That soon you will us be leaving.

A moment please for just a tear,
When we should really give a cheer,
You always lend a helping hand,
In tough times behind us you stand.

A moment please, for just a thought,
On all the good things you have taught.
Thank you for a good work finished,
May it go on undiminished.

A moment please, for just a prayer,
To leave you in the best of care,
May you be blessed in all your days
God reward you now and always.


             Poems by Paul Berchtold
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You are welcome to use and share these principal retirement poems, provided you follow the
Poem Terms and Conditions.

More Poems for the School Principal

Many of these principal retirement poems can be used and adapted for teachers, or teachers retirement.

And vice versa. Many of the teacher poems and teacher retirement poems can also be used for principals. That's because ...

Well, let me put it this way. Is your principal a teacher? Chances are, he or she is either now a teacher, or was a teacher before becoming a principal.

And if you still can't find a short retirement poem for a card or note, you can look through the many short retirement limericks poems to find one that is suitable.

Being a Principal is not Always an Easy Job

You might think it's a really fun easy job being the principal. You're in charge, and you don't have to teach.

Very often, that's just not the case.

Principals can be very busy indeed. They work with teachers, parents, and students to keep things running smoothly. Not counting the coaches, bus drivers, janitors, office assistants, workers, suppliers, cafeteria workers, etc. They coordinate schedules, make arrangements for special events, handle problems of all kinds, and often get to school early and work late.

If teachers get sick, they often have to find a substitute, or fill in themselves.

In the private school I taught at, the principals I worked with over the years were also regular teachers in their own classrooms. And many of them did not have any assistants! They were very busy indeed.

We had to really work as a team to get everything done.

Stories Inside the Principals Office

Have you ever been called into the principal's office? I have. Lots of times.

The principal's office is not always a bad thing. Unless you're in trouble.

I remember one time as a student in 2nd grade in a public elementary school. I got sick, so my teacher brought me to the principal's office. I usually walked to and from school, but this time I had to wait until my mother came to pick me up and drive me home.

And then, many times as a teacher, I met with the principal in his office, usually by myself, but sometimes with other teachers!

That's because there's a lot of things that need to be planned and co-coordinated for the school, the classes, the schedule, and the special programs to run smoothly.

A Sense of Sadness

Teachers and students can get used to the classroom. Because we spend so much time in it, it can even become like a second home.

Each year you clean out your desk at the end of the school year. Then there comes a time that you clean out your desk for the very last time..

What about the principal or teacher who has spent many years doing what they love, and now it's time to say good-bye for good?

This can bring back many, many memories ...

Yet a Time of Celebration

As sad as it is, there's also cause for rejoicing. The work of education continues on. Each generation, each school year, each teacher, each principal, builds on the work of the previous one.

The beauty of working in the education field, is that we keep laying foundations that we and others can keep building on.

By being faithful to our calling, our commitment, our work, and our daily tasks in the education field, we are serving not only the present generation, but generations to come.

We are working for a cause, we are building the foundation for a structure, that is much bigger than ourselves, and that sooner or later, will reap great rewards.

Thank your stars!

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