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Autumn days are here again.

The days are beginning draw in, and wet playtimes loom ahead of us as Term 2 gets under way.

We trust that you all had a restful non-contact time, and that you made time to recharge your batteries.  Remember, selfish altruism is essential in our profession because you cannot ignite a passion for learning in your students if your own flame has gone out.

The darker evenings are a good excuse to cosy up on a couch with a good book, or to make time to read all those professional texts that never seem so appealing when the sun is shining.  Willow Education is still in full swing, delivering workshops across lower North Island with a focus on new educators, support staff and management teams.  We are inclusive, however, and also have a good range of professional development opportunities for classroom teachers as well.

We are looking forward to celebrating Support Staff Day later this term – make sure you let your teacher aide, office administrator, librarian, caretaker or cleaner know how much you value their contribution to our students’ education.  We do have several workshops specifically aimed at a range of support staff, including one that addresses the issues of goal setting and appraisals – an invaluable perspective as we raise the professional standing of this important sector.

Whatever aspect of teaching and learning you are interested in, do get in touch with us and see what Willow Education can do to make your PD sparkle!

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