These lovely people are just some of my partners in crime!
I have worked with many of these good people for well over 10 years, (I’m the one on the far left of the photo). I have been in this workplace for over 20 years and their Manager for all of this time. In all these years I can honestly say that we have never had harsh words, we have become a family, we are all friends and we all lead very different lives. We all have in common our desire to teach in this unique and challenging setting and find the rewards come easily. We have developed a unique way of coping with the things we see and try to never let it get to us. At the moment this is very difficult as we have been told that we are no longer required and most staff across the state will be offered other positions in the department (but not as teachers) or offered a redundancy within a few months.
You may not have read my earlier posts about the decision of the State Government to outsource, privatise, get rid of us – call it what you will – and replace us with private providers. The teaching positions will be replaced with 2 clerical roles and staff will be encouraged to apply for these lesser paid and non teaching roles despite their years of Education provision and expertise.
Education beats crime – this is my most recent post on the subject which you might like to read
So when I saw the prompt of Partners, I knew immediately that I would use this photo of my caring, experienced and amazing colleagues. We may only have a few short months left together in our workplace, hence why we are protesting!
In response to the weekly photo challenge prompt of Partners.
Whether two of a kind or ten, give us subjects that are in sync with one another — show us partnerships.
PS. We are also of the generation that smile whenever a camera is in front of us regardless of the fact that we are supposed to be looking angry and in protest mode!