President: We made it through a most turbulent year

What a year, and we all made it through. Congratulations. Who could have guessed in 2019 what was before us: face-to-face teaching in the classroom to home based learning with a few days’ notice and multiple obstacles to overcome. Students with no internet connection, no devices or having to share with siblings. But where there’s a will there’s a way. Prayers were answered as we forged ahead.

Teachers, support staff and students soon found ways to overcome difficulties and learning continued. Carnivals, assemblies, sporting events, parent teacher interviews, information events and staff meetings were held via Zoom or put on hold.

The IEU also had to adapt to new ways with all sub branch, Executive, officer and Council meetings and the AGM via Zoom. Hopefully things will return to normal (whatever that may be) in the New Year.

I take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your amazing efforts. Student learning continued and exams and assessment tasks were conducted. Credit must go to you all for the creativity and determination shown during this year.

Special thoughts to all of the exchange teachers having to cope in new environments with travel restrictions and lockdowns. What a way to spend a year and then not being able to come home because of airline difficulties.

Holidays are almost upon us and well deserved. I hope you make the most of them and you are able to travel to parts of Australia not previously visited. You may just decide to stay at home and enjoy the time to relax, read several books, cook, garden or just enjoy the family.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a bright and successful New Year and I hope to catch up with you in 2021, face to face at sub branch meetings or at IEU Council.

To those who are retiring, best wishes for a wonderful retirement and to those who may be going on maternity leave, best wishes, enjoy.

Thanks to all members who supported the IEU, especially voting during IEU enterprise agreement negotiations.

I look forward to your continued support and friendship throughout 2021.