A couple of days before the end of term, I overheard a conversation between one of my fellow deputes and a first-year pupil.
My colleague had caught him in the school atrium with a large screw that had obviously been removed from part of our superstructure.
Patiently, she went through her concerns, pointed out the excellent state of the school buildings, the respect pupils showed for them, the compliments visitors always paid to the condition of the school fabric.
At the pre-prom reception in the school atrium, families get the chance to mix with the Prom pupils in all their magnificence, take pictures, and reminisce with other families and staff.
Taking pictures from the balcony of the 400 folk milling about below, it was easy to reflect on the success of the Scottish comprehensive education ideal when at its best.
A fleet of limos and minibuses then transported pupils and staff across the Firth of Forth to a hotel overlooking the iconic bridges.
Such contracts have become very common in commerce, and especially in the media; in both these outlets such an arrangement gives flexibility of response to changing circumstances, and is an efficient way of keeping an organisation "lean and mean".
However, I don’t think this can be translated into the world of education, nor that it would be sensible to do so.
No matter. With three school generations of pictures and reminders of important moments, there was much to marvel over: pupils' fashions, despite school uniform, have changed considerably; certain staff seem either unaccountably young then or mysteriously old now – depending on how you look at it.
Like any family album, smiles and tears were conjured up as we reflected on these faces who had been the embodiment of the school community over the past two decades.
Applications for tickets flood in from all over the country, and families from every state in the union, who are lucky in the ballot, get to visit the White House south lawn, roll eggs, take part in arts and crafts, or meet celebrities from all areas of life.
This year some lucky youngster played a set of doubles with Barack Obama against Chris Evert and Andy Ruddick, another played basketball with him, some listened to the Obamas reading from "Where the wild things are", and there was food and music as well.