As we close the door on 2020, I want to spend some time celebrating the highlights, instead of the lowlights.
You made it…you survived lockdown, online learning, HSC marking, Covid guidelines and so much more… proving that teachers are essential!
I need to acknowledge the amazing TEA team. On top of their day to day teaching and home life they still found time to source presenters and pull together a great lineup for our conference. It was not what we had planned, but then what has gone to plan this year. We are learning from these experiences and looking at what we can use from this new format to allow us to better support you, our members in the future. It certainly will allow us to provide opportunities to support all teachers across the state. That does not mean that we will remain virtual, we all missed that face to face aspect and opportunity to network and catch up with friends. We have proven that anything is possible, so we are looking forward to the opportunities that we can create next year. This will start with Texstyle. Make sure you are following us on social media and look out for the members emails as we lock in our format, there will be an exhibition in 2021.
Talking about bright futures, I was fortunate enough to present an award to a young educator at ACU at the end of October. Imagine my delight when I found out that she had exhibited at Texstyle in her HSC year! Read on to hear all about Elizabeth Azzopardi, she really is a part of education’s bright future!
NESA and ACARA, following different timelines, are undertaking reviews of the curriculum. A summary of these are included in this edition of our magazine. Your response to our call for people to join working parties to provide feedback was outstanding. If you are interested in joining, please send me an email and I will add you to the list. With the extremely short timelines, especially for NESA, we need to have the groups ready to be called upon when required.
In a time of constant change, I urge you to ensure you check your membership is up to date, and that you are following TEA on social media to provide you with the most up to date information. Our team works to communicate that information to you as quickly as they can when we receive it.
Enjoy the holiday break when it gets here. Stay safe and take care.