Sunday 26th June 2022

Observations in October #4. 2018.110.

Observations in October #4. 2018.110.

     Honouring Teachers – World Teachers’ Day – 26 October 2018.

In October, usually around the beginning of the month, it is World Teachers’ Day. This event is celebrated  annually world wide and came as a result of a United Nations declaration. Because we in Australia are often on a school holiday break when the rest of the world celebrates, the last Friday in October is set aside for honouring, appreciating and celebrating teachers.

Teachers may be those working in classrooms, they maybe those helping others become teachers at University, some may still be at school themselves but know they want to be a teacher. There are those in leadership roles at schools, within the systems of education and at the training level.

Each person would be honoured if the community in general, not only parents and kids in schools, celebrated and appreciated teachers!


World Teachers’ Day in Australia Date in the current year: October 26, 2018

All Australian teachers have a special holiday, that is known as World Teachers’ Day. It’s celebrated on the last Friday in October and it doesn’t coincide with actual World Teachers’ Day.

International holiday of World Teacher’s Day was established by UNESCO on October 5, 1994 and since then it’s annually celebrated on this day in many countries around the world. However, many countries also have their National Teachers’ Days or move World Day to another day, as it was made in Australia. The thing is that Australian schools go on a holiday at this time in October, that’s why the holiday is celebrated on the last Friday in October. If it coincides with Halloween, the festive events may be postponed to November.

Every year the NeiTA Foundation (National Excellence in Teaching Awards) and ASG (Australian Scholarships Group) announce the national teaching recipients of the ASG Community Merit Awards on this day. All teachers and members of school government are encouraged to participate in the events, that are organized across Australia. All willing participants have to register and wait for confirmation and official invitation.

I want to thank teachers who helped guide me (and inspire me to become a teacher) in classrooms from Gwynneville P.S. to Balgowlah Heights P.S. and onto Manly Girls High School. Thanks especially to Mr Parker from G.P.S.(in this photo) and Mr Duffy (Yr 5 at B.H.P.S.) and those who recognised my strengths at M.G.H.S. Miss Lyon is one stand out.

Then, as regular readers know, I went on to train and become a K-6 teacher, ending up as a school principal and there is more about that here and here.

And when I retired ‘the first time’ as I had to resign, I literally had to fight for my service medal via a series of letters. My career should not have finished that way but it did. Thanks to staff shortage and my work overload. In the end, I got my medallion of service….and it has the wrong date on it. Sigh. I KNOW the right one though! I would always recommend teachers join the Union. It helped me in many ways when my employer and superannuation fund did not.

My list of schools where I taught is here:


  1. Barraba Central School. 1970
  2. Fairfax Public School. 1971-1972.
  3. Hillston Central School. 1973-1975.
  4. Weilmoringle Public School. 1976-1977.
  5. Cherrybrook Public School. Term 1 1978.
  6. Jasper Road Public School. Term 2 1978 – part 1982.
  7. Acting Promotion to: Seven Hills West Public School. Part 1982. (Assistant Principal – teaching)
  8. Promotion to: Walters Road Public School. 1983-1984. (Executive Teacher – teaching)
  9. Promotion to: Seven Hills West Public School. 1985-1987. (Assistant Principal – teaching)
  10. Promotion to: Shalvey Public School. 1988-1998.  (Deputy Principal – non-teaching) (Acting Principal): part 1994
  11. Acting Promotion to: Rooty Hill Public School. Terms 3 & 4 1998. (Principal – non-teaching)
  12. Promotion to: Richmond Public School. (Principal) *first retirement: 2003.
  13. Kellyville Ridge Public School. Part-time teacher: Release From Face to Face & English as a Second Language. 2004-2006.
  14. Hebersham Public School. Part-time teacher. English as a Second Language. Terms 1 & 2. 2007
  15. Kellyville Ridge Public School. Part-time teacher. English as a Second Language. Terms 3 & 4 2007 until end 2009. *retirement from schools 2010 although I continued working in them as a University  Advisor/Tutor until end 2014.

I want to thank all of those teachers who have taught my children and grandchildren. Several come to mind who had lasting good influences on them. I also want to thank my colleagues, some of whom are no longer with us, but I know that all of my work and social life in schools has been enhanced by so many great and caring staff members. I remain a connected person in education: I follow colleagues on twitter, have been part of #teachmeets, and get updates from my membership of the Retired Primary Principals Association of N.S.W.

Finally, of course, I want to pay tribute to the thousands of children who passed through the classrooms and playgrounds where I worked. Some of course are old enough to be grandparents!

Have you thanked any teachers lately?

Are you a teacher who feels you are appreciated in your community?

Tell me more about how it is for you!


Joining in with Leanne for Lovin’ Life Linky here. Happy Thursday everyone.



  1. Such a long history of teaching Denyse! My best friend is a teacher and struggling a little with it at the moment. She just returned to teaching (high school English predominantly) after an 8yr break in NZ when she did something else for a while. She’d previously taught at a private school and did a lot of ESL teaching on the side etc but she’s teaching at a school with some pretty horrid kids from the sound of it. A lot don’t bother to turn up and don’t do homework or assessment. They tell her to F off and use the C word in class. It’s making her rethink whether she wants to stay in teaching – which is sad cos she’d done a few other things first and went back to do post-grad study to enable her to teach.

    • Thank you Deb. I actually understand what is going on culturally in some schools (even some K-6 ones) can result in teacher-burnout because of lack of respect and care for learning. I did teach and lead in some schools like that, but back then the ‘f’ word resulted in a detention ….these days it is heard so frequently (at their home and in school) that there is no sanction.

      I do continue to champion teachers and schools because in many cases, governments of the day and parents with clout, and social media exposure can make things very difficult.

      I hope your friend finds either a school where she is valued and teachers are respected or she finds something else to do. Sad to say this though.

      Denyse x

  2. Here’s cheers to teachers – of all sorts at all levels of education both formal and informal. May they continue to teach whatever we’re curious about.

    • Thanks Jo, it is true: teachers need not have a career behind them or be trained. Some people naturally teach and where there a willing learners, that is awesome.

      Denyse x

  3. Thank You Very Much as I am a special education teacher. The thing is that nobody in my school district knows that I exist or my school exists. I teach in Juvenile Hall with the kids are in the system that society has forgot. The cool thing is that I love teaching there.

    • That is awesome to know but of course, when we are not recognised we can feel a little neglected but what I note is your great love of the role you have the the toughest (not always) kids. Thank YOU Patrick for how you contribute too. Denyse

  4. I was surprised to see how many schools you taught in Denyse. It’s very sad to think that you ended in a sour note. Shame to those who brought that about: we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all teachers. Happy Teachers Day. Will share this post

    • It is a list, and some where ‘repeats’ with different roles to play. It was heart-breaking for me to ‘finish’ my career and my principal role that way and left me sad and reluctant to even go near a school. Even though it is 16 years since then, I see that some of the matters relating to workload (in my case, overload) are not well addressed even with all the best intentions. However, I remain a strong advocate for education, schools and teachers and do all I can to continue that support. Thanks again Jennifer.

      Denyse x

  5. Teachers are the best. I actually did one semester of a Masters in Teaching (primary). They pushed me to do the masters because I already had other under-grad and grad quals (not in teaching though). I quickly discovered I’m not cut out to be a teacher. It just made me appreciate teachers all the more! #teamlovinlife

    • I am glad you worked out what you did not want to be. That in itself is a great move. Thank you for your good wishes and appreciation for teachers!
      Denyse x