South Australian teachers recognised for decades of service

More than 30 South Australian public educators are set to be recognised for achieving 50 years of service.

These dedicated employees are amongst almost 300 staff who are being recognised for decades of service, achieving more than 10,500 years of combined service to public education in the state.

On 16 April, employees reaching 30, 40 and 50 year milestones will be acknowledged and celebrated at a ceremony for their service and commitment to thousands of South Australian children and young people.

Of the 193 government schools and sites whose staff are being recognised, Salisbury High School has 8, while Adelaide High School has 6 and Flinders Park Primary has 5.

“We are delighted to celebrate the dedication and service of our teachers and other employees working in public education,” said Education Minister John Gardner.

“Nearly 300 teachers will this year be recognised for their service to improve outcomes for their children and young people across South Australia.

“For many of our teachers this is not just a job, but a vocation for life and we applaud their commitment to the teaching profession.”

Among those reaching 50 years of service are Marija Baggio from Flinders Park Primary School and Campbell Menzies from Adelaide High School.

“Continuously learning has helped me embrace the changes that occur in our profession,” said Ms Baggio.

“One of the mottos I used in the classroom over the years was ‘Every day in every way I’m getting better and better’. This helped students see the many ways they were constantly learning – not just academically, but socially as well.”

“Without a doubt the best part of being a teacher is the interactions I have with both staff and students,” said Mr Menzies.

“It still gives me a thrill when ex-students recognise me and we have a chat about our times together.

“I can’t even remember not wanting to be a teacher, I guess thought I could help others to love their learning as well.”

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