It is hard to believe that 2017 is almost over. It is such a busy time for everyone as we tackle the ever growing amount of work that needs to be completed by the end of the term.
I must personally thank all members in Catholic systemic schools who supported the stop work rallies held throughout NSW/ACT.
It was encouraging to see the number of enthusiastic members wearing t-shirts, badges, waving flags and paddles and letting diocesan directors know that enough is enough and an end to this dispute must happen soon.
Good luck to the schools who are in the second round of voting. We need to send a clear message to all concerned.
Thanks also goes to reps in the schools who have supported the IEU by holding chapter meetings, explaining the process and encouraging members to vote. Your help, assistance and dedication is much appreciated and a job well done.
To all members who are retiring at the end of the year, best wishes and I do hope that you enjoy your time doing all the things that you have been looking forward to.
To our exchange teachers who are heading off overseas, have a great time, enjoy the experience, see as much of the country as you can and remember to keep in touch.
To all who are changing schools or taking on new roles or promotions – positions good luck and best wishes, I am sure you will continue to do good work.
To the rest of us who are continuing on, all the best and keep up the good work.
I wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas and a safe and enjoyable holiday so that you return in 2018 refreshed, enthusiastic and ready for the challenges that the new year brings.
Stay safe and thank you for your support and encouragement throughout the year and I look forward to working with you again in the new year.