Freedom comes with challenges

We are almost there. Term 4 and freedom time. After a term of home-based learning, I am sure that, like me, you will be pleased to return to face-to-face learning in the coming weeks.

As teachers, we must be sure that every precaution has been put in place for the safety of staff and students.

I know that this is going to be a challenge in many schools, with the number of students crammed into classrooms, double desks, minimum ventilation and the problems of keeping year cohorts apart.

In secondary schools, this is almost impossible at the change of lessons, with stairwells and verandahs in high demand and overcrowded. Wearing masks while trying to teach will also be a challenge.

However, teachers can and will do whatever it takes to continue the task at hand, educating students and making sure that each one is given the opportunity to excel and improve their learning.

We should all be proud of what we have achieved during the past term, going over and above to bring consistency, opportunities and challenges to all.

Creative learning has gone ahead on Zoom: cooking classes, science experiments, art and music lessons, drama, PE lessons as well as English, Maths and Religion.

This has all been possible with the help of our wonderful support staff, who have been present and assisting every lesson. A huge thank you for your ongoing support and assistance.

Term 4 sub branch meetings are scheduled for the coming weeks. They will all be Zoom meetings. I encourage you all to register and contribute during these meetings.

I would like to thank all our wonderful IEU Reps who continue to do a fantastic job keeping you informed with the latest news.

The IEU Facebook page and website are also filled with up-to-date information, so if you have not visited these sites, I would encourage you to do so.

I wish you well for Term 4. Keep up your amazing work, it is much appreciated by both students and parents.

Thank you for your ongoing support, assistance and efforts throughout 2021.