Keep calm and stay happy

As the school year comes quickly to an end, it is important to remind you that help is just a phone call away.

We are in the silly season as principals are juggling staffing formulas to accommodate falling enrolments and, in some cases, rising enrolments.

Part time and job share teachers, those on temporary contracts, those returning from maternity leave and seeking maternity leave, are all in the mix to allow the timetable to work effectively for 2019.

It is a stressful time for all, however, it only takes a phone call to the IEU to ask for assistance and guidance. No matter how simple the question may be, do not hesitate to make that call.

This time of year is an extra busy time with end of year exams, report writing, registers to be completed, end of year excursions, planning for next year, graduation ceremonies, advent activities, Christmas concerts and clean ups. Keep calm, take care of your wellbeing and sanity, keep smiling, if possible, to make it to the end.

Thank you to the wonderful reps in our schools who have once again done a fabulous job being the face of the IEU and assisting members on a daily basis.

I wish you all a well earned holiday, a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Travel safely and I look forward to working with you all again next year.

Chris Wilkinson