World Teachers’ Day is held internationally in early October each year. As it falls during the school holidays for many parts of Australia, in Australia we celebrate World Teachers’ Day in 2020 on 30th October.
I firmly believe that there is no greater privilege in life than to be given the opportunity to shape and mould the lives of young people. Such is the sanctity of the teaching profession and the roles of all staff who directly and indirectly support the work of teachers.
In recognising the importance of the role of teachers, I share a few of the concluding comments from The Spotlight report, Teaching: A valued profession. Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership 2020.
A considerable body of research indicates that teaching quality is the single biggest in-school factor impacting student achievement (Darling-Hammond, 2000; Hattie, 2008; OECD, 2019c). This leads to a large, and necessary, focus placed on developing, recognising and retaining quality teachers. Societies where a large proportion of teachers feel valued are more likely to have successful education systems (Schleicher, 2018b).
Teachers in Australia consistently report that they value the opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives and are generally satisfied with their career choice. Where teachers believe they are valued in society, as well as being satisfied with their jobs, they also have positive attitudes about their work and ability to influence student achievement. They are more likely to engage in continuous professional development, improve their sense of confidence and satisfaction, and remain in the profession (OECD, 2019c).
I am in awe of the agility, commitment and dedication all LESNW staff have ably demonstrated throughout 2020 amid the turmoil and challenges that have surrounded us. You have demonstrated remarkable resiliency and tenacity. I trust that you feel valued and appreciated, and as the report finding suggest, resultantly have a positive attitude about your work and your capacity to influence the lives of the children in your care.
Throughout 2020, there has been an outpouring of respect, admiration and heartfelt thanks from learning community leaders and parents for the tremendous work of all staff going over and above to support the children’s social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual growth and development in the most challenging of circumstances. The genuine love, care and compassion you show profoundly impacts all with whom you interact.
On behalf of the LESNW board and secretariat I sincerely thank every staff member across our 42 learning communities for your service and commitment in respective roles and making a difference to the lives of the students within the care of your communities. May God continue to richly bless you in your service to Lutheran education.
A prayer of Gratitude and thanks.
Dear Gracious and loving Father,
Thank you for the gift of staff who serve in Lutheran education in SA, NT and WA.
Thank you for your amazing power and work in their lives and the lives of the children within the care of each learning community.
Thank you for the hope that you bring even the toughest of times such as experienced through 2020 and for strengthening us for your purposes.
Thank you for your great love, care, mercy and grace.
Thank you for your promise that you are always with us and will never leave us.
Thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life.
Forgive us for when we don’t thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you’ve given. Fill us with your peace and joy and grant us satisfaction in our vocation and service to you . We love you and we need you, this day and every day.
In your Holy name we pray, Amen.
With heartfelt appreciation and thanks