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 Well, Term 2 has finally come to an end, and educators all over the country are making the most of the non-contact break.

Pauline and Jo have been busy during Term 2, working with the PRT networks in Wanganui and Raetihi, holding a workshop for  APs and DPs, and running three different workshops at the NZEI Support Staff conference.

The “Keep Calm and Carry on” series has been very successful this term, and has been tailored for a number of audiences.  The most important common theme in the series is the need to look after ourselves as educators so that we might look after others to the best of our ability.

Looking after ourselves and our community has been at the forefront of our minds recently.  The Willow Education office was fortunately not affected by the devastating flooding in Wanganui, but schools all over the region were hit to varying degrees.  Our thoughts go out to those staff and students who have been impacted by the recent floods.

As we move through our non-contact time, reflecting on workshops completed and planning the next round of professional opportunities, we are also consciously taking our own advice and making time to refill ourselves.  This should mean that we leap into Term 3 re-energised and ready to hit the ground running once again.

Remember to check out the professional development opportunities that we have on offer this term – ongoing professional learning is one of the cornerstones of the ACE Teachers’ portfolio, and an important part of everyone’s inquiry into their own practice.

We look forward to seeing you in a Willow Education workshop very soon!