For my first three years the selecting and purchasing of crosses was the realm of the chaplain. And not really a major job as we had no more than 45 students graduate in a year. Last year though our chaplain was unwell and unable to organise the crosses. So it fell to me. Which is ok I guess. I didn't have as much notice as I would've liked and the company that we had previously bought the crosses from didn't let me know that they didn't have enough in stock which meant I was waiting for crosses that would never arrive. The short of it is that I spent a lot of time on the phone getting cranky at managers, calling every christian bookstore in SA and Australia, and plowing through the internet to unearth every cross in a similar style to the ones we already had. I bought out Australia of one entire line of necklace. And some only turned up days before I needed them because they were expressed posted.
And I nearly had a nervous breakdown.
However, in my searching I discovered something new. A different type of necklace from the surfy type we'd been buying. It was perfect. I bought one. Just one. And I took it to our principal and to our new chaplain at the start of the year and said - "these are what I want our year 12's to have". I got the go ahead. They were hardly going to say no - they're completely perfect for our school! They're in the shape of a shield - like our school logo, they have a cross engraved on the front and they have Joshua 1 v 9b engraved on the back which is our official verse for the leaders in our school - well, we used it a few times and then I found these crosses and made it the official verse!!
I bought 250 of them.
And they have all arrived already. 2 months early.
We have 60 something students graduating this year and about 80 next year. I have bought enough crosses that who ever needs to do it next year doesn't have to think about it - and the year after and the year after!
A little overkill - but no one should go through that stress!