XXV The launch

A launch schools may be keen to do

  To celebrate the fact

That they’re at last connected too

  And ready for the act

 

The school’s own staff should now decide

  If there’s a launch at all

Their view don’t try to override

  For launches large or small

 

They may go for a mega splash

  Invite all those they know

This will demand a lot of cash

  Which may not freely flow

 

But sometimes they’re connected well

  Rich donors with much dough

Who’ll pay for parties that are swell

  Make up when funds are low

 

Most of the time it’s more discrete

  And does not cost a lot

Schools then make these events upbeat

  They’re proud of what they’ve got

 

They may invite the M E C

  – If this one they can reach –

It is a thrill if that can be

  To give the op’ning speech

 

Sometimes state ministers agree

  – Pay tribute to the school –

And honoured guests they’ll surely be

  The kids say it’s way cool

 

Some V I Ps they may invite

  It makes them so aglow

In the front rows – their keen delight –

  Know how to steal the show

 

Most of the ones who do attend

  Friends of the school they are

They willingly their hands did lend

  Or helped with a bazaar

 

Kids may present a dance or song

  This all will entertain

But if the whole thing is too long

  Some adults may complain

 

The big day’s climax will occur

  When they the ribbon cut

Some plaque unveiling may prefer

  The lab’s no longer shut

 

It is a moment great indeed

  When doors are opened wide

A satisfied computer need

  Can now be seen inside

 

Closely observe – at this event –

  How learners are involved

Their necks towards the screens are bent

  Small hands with mice consolved

 

A true heart warming sight to see

  As children interact

From P C fear they now are free

  Its mystery they’ve cracked

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