As I prepare to farewell children, families and peers at Lockleys North Primary School, I take this opportunity to be reflective. For the past ten years, it has been my pleasure to both teach and learn within the Lockley North Primary School community. Growth and change have been key themes throughout this time; from the wide eyed experience of a monarch caterpillar developing into a beautiful butterfly, to changes in learning spaces and growth in pedagogy. I am thankful for the opportunity to help transform the lives of children and my peers at LNPS.
My endeavour has always been to ‘be the change you want to see’ and throughout this entire time my intention has been to bring out the best in each of us including children, families and colleagues. Throughout my past 6 years within the leadership team, I have always worked alongside staff to grow and flourish professionally. My commitment to quality teaching and learning has supported the growth of teachers and the progress of the Site Improvement Plan learning journey. My passion for professional development both personally and for the teams I have worked with has driven change and growth within individuals and learning teams. This has included building capacity in the curriculum areas of English and Maths and embedding both pedagogy and content knowledge. I am incredibly proud of the growth in each individual staff member throughout this time.
In a world full of expectations, how do we become reflective and show our gratitude and appreciation to those around us? As some wise individuals say, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” —William Arthur Ward
“Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” —Brian Tracy
As the 2021 school year closes, take a moment to reflect on the growth and change experienced in the life of your child/ren and family and show your gratitude to the teacher/s and support staff who have influenced this journey. Every day, those working in public education shape futures by inspiring children and young people to reach their full potential.
ThankED gives you the chance to celebrate and thank public educators, as well as those people who work in support of them. You can say thanks any time, to anyone working in public education who has made a difference to you – visit www.education.sa.gov.au/ThankED.
From Lockleys North Primary School, I move to a position as Project Officer in the Curriculum Directorate of the Department for Education and embrace the opportunity for further growth and impact across sites, as we face the future in education with optimism.
Thank you for sharing this LNPS journey with me and I wish each of you a happy, reflective holiday break with your families.