Girl Now: World Teachers Day

World Teachers Day 2019

October 5. A day that for many, is just another cross on the calendar. However for students (on holidays, or not), this day is more than just any other day. October 5 is internationally recognised as World Teachers Day, a day in which we recognise and celebrate the impact that teachers make on our lives. Now, instead of this blog being a reminder to thank and celebrate the ways that our english, maths, science ‘classroom’ teachers change our lives, it’s going to be a celebration of the teachers who aren’t ‘formally assigned’ to teaching us.

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The classroom teachers whose job it is to make sure that you know everything you need to pass that exam or finish that assignment are great, but this month, I want to recognise the teachers who don’t have you for a class, but still put their time to teaching you about being the best version of yourself you can be, regardless. The ones who are there for you day in, day out. The ones who make living in the present amazing.

Maybe it’s a year level guardian, a teacher who has coached you in sport or supervised you on a school camp, a homeroom teacher, a support teacher or a librarian who might share the same interests with you. These are the people who teach us more than we could ever imagine. Not only do we learn the importance of relationships, these are the people that want to see us become the best that we can.

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Being nearly at the end of my fifth year of high school, I have known many of these teachers who aren’t my ‘teacher’, who have made living in the present so much greater. My teachers of each of my classes have been incredible, but I have had others over the years who have showed me how to not only make it through high school, but also that the future is nothing to stress about. 

These have been the people who shared so many of my key experiences: every excitement, every failure and every decision that I have had to make, they have been there. They have made living in the present amazing and I thank them for the impact that they have had on my time at school. 

Thank and celebrate the teachers in your life who equip you with the knowledge to pass school, but also the teachers who aren’t your ‘teachers’, but still play just as important a role as the ones that are.

Holly.

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