School officers and services staff recognised
On School Officer Day, Wednesday 13 June, members said a well-deserved thank you to school officers and services staff for the contribution they make to quality education in our schools.
Chapters across Queensland and the Northern Territory marked the occasion by holding morning tea celebrations, wearing School Officer Day stickers and encouraging all school officer and services staff members to join our union and enjoy the benefits and security union membership brings.
This year’s theme Supporting Quality Education acknowledged the varied roles school officers and services staff undertake in our schools and the way in which they support the quality education of students.
Melissa Goodingham, IEUA-QNT Branch Executive member and school officer at St Brigid’s Primary School (Rosewood), said it was the partnership between teachers and school support staff that allows teachers to keep teaching with minimal interruption and inconvenience to learning in the classroom.
“Students getting the most of their learning experience in the classroom is our common goal and what we work in partnership to achieve. Without our school officers and support staff, this wouldn’t be possible,” Melissa said.
The celebration day is held as part of International Education Support Staff Day – endorsed at the 2015 Education International (EI) World Congress – to create a worldwide day recognising the significant contribution school officers and services staff make to quality education in our schools.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Rebecca Sisson said the annual celebration day gives visibility and recognition to all education support staff while also acknowledging the particular professional issues they face.
“Inconsistent pay, casualisation, a lack of professional development and recognition – these are just some of the issues which education support staff continue to fight against,” Ms Sisson said.
“Our union will continue to seek improved conditions for school officers and support staff to help address these issues.”
View more highlights from the day on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ieuaqnt