Richmond River High School teachers Paul Jerred and Helen Thomas look forward to the holiday break. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Richmond River High School teachers Paul Jerred and Helen Thomas look forward to the holiday break. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Teachers’ multi-tasking holiday

WHILE schoolkids across the country gear up for their big summer break, their tireless teachers are also looking forward to some well-earned rest and recuperation.

After a busy period of marking and writing reports on every one of their students, teachers will hopefully be getting a chance to let their hair down.

But while many of the non-teaching fraternity might envy the extended break for the nation's teachers, Richmond River High School English teacher Paul Jarred said teachers would not only be holidaying, but preparing for the year ahead.

"Many community members may not see the quiet private work teachers do at home in their preparation and marking of students' work … at home teachers accept there is a great deal of work we have to do within our own private sphere," Mr Jarred said.

"Besides that as well, I am aware that teachers will be undertaking a range of different educational activities. A number of teachers are continuing their studies at TAFE or Southern Cross University over the summer holidays."

At the same time, Mr Jarred said teachers were looking forward to their Christmas break just like the rest of us.

"Teachers are members of the community like anyone else ... people will be spending time preparing their homes for Christmas, there will be some teachers travelling to families outside the region - it's a typical thing that teachers do as per other members of the community," Mr Jarred said.



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