Welcome to a new world

Welcome to another year. I do hope that you all had a restful and wonderful holiday ready to take on the challenges of the year ahead.

What a start – a new president of the United States and a new premier of NSW. We also see the new NSW Education Standards Authority made up of a board of nine with David de Carvalho the new CEO.

Welcome back to our members and families who return from overseas after 12 months on teacher exchange. I am sure they have many wonderful stories to share and memories that will last a lifetime, new friendships and new experiences to bring to the classrooms.

I would also like to thank all of the overseas teachers and families who have spent the last year working here. I hope you enjoyed your time and we hope to see you return in the near future.

Have you received your Working With Children Check (WWCC ) yet? If not, make sure you take care of this soon because in March it’s no WWCC, no work.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Esther Walsh a very happy retirement. Esther has worked as an officer with the IEU for over 20 years.

Her dedication, friendship and personal contribution to the members and fellow workers has been greatly appreciated and she will be sadly missed. Esther thank you, relax, enjoy your time because you most certainly deserve it.

Lismore Organiser Sandy White welcome back. I look forward to working with you again.

I wish you all a good Term 1 and a successful year.

Chris Wilkinson