If your school was a typical educational institute, then the chances of finding something you lost would be about the same as winning a lottery. There are plenty of grabbing hands with little to no supervision or a way to track it down. You can however, make a decent effort if what you lost is too valuable to let go, like documents that are important for an interview or childhood photos that bring memories. Here are some suggestions as to how you can go about finding something you lost, apart from looking for it yourself, of course.
Put Up a Notice
Schools have notice boards all over the premises, some of which require permission from a teacher (like departmental notice boards) and some don’t (like activities notice boards). Make a clear, concise notice about what you lost, where and how it can be returned. You can even offer a reward but be ready to be swamped with offers and tips which may not pan out. Students gaze at notice boards all the time to be informed about school activities and other important news, so putting up a notice is a great way to let others know that you’ve lost something and to be on the lookout.
Make an Announcement
Most schools have PA systems to make announcements every morning about school news, activities and give other notices. They are mostly used by staff members, although some schools appoint an announcement coordinator to read out the notices as well. You can write out a short public announcement and hand it to the coordinator to be read as time allows; this will ensure that all students across the school will hear your message.
This is especially useful if the item lost is something you need to find in a hurry. You can announce a drop off point over the PA systems in Sydney if you feel that someone has taken it and is reluctant to return it as they fear the consequences.
Advertise in the Paper
If your school has a weekly paper, then maybe you can put a notice in the school newspaper. This will work the same way as the notice board, but might stick with people more as it is in print. It might also allow you more space to describe what you lost. Since newspapers hang around longer than a notice on a board, you will have a better chance of someone either finding what you lost, or remembering seeing it somewhere and will contact you with the information.