Teachers play a vital role in our children's lives.
And on Friday, Goulburn High School recognised its teachers' hard work this year, as it celebrated World Teachers' Day.
Staff at Goulburn High School joined in the celebrations, dressing up to promote 'Teaching A Bright Future'.
Principal Yogesh Mani said he was proud of his staff's dedication to helping students achieve their potential.
"At Goulburn High our teachers lead with a very strong moral purpose and we use a strength based approach where we tap into the potential of every student. We want to make sure they succeed regardless of their starting point," he said.
"They work tirelessly to make sure that every student succeeds. I'm very proud of our teachers here and I want to thank them for their service to the Goulburn community and also to public education."
And of course there is more to being a teacher than what happens inside the classroom.
Mr Mani said teachers did many hours of work outside school hours, whether it was marking assessment tasks or leading school programs and community projects.
For staff at Goulburn High, the focus is not just on how the students perform at school.
"Our students need someone who cares about them, [that] knows the student, values the student and they want to do the best for the student so they not only succeed at school but they succeed beyond school," Mr Mani said.
"There's a considerable amount of research that says teachers are the single biggest in-school factor for student achievement.
"We want to make sure our students are job ready whether that means working part time or full time. We want them to be good contributors to society."
It has been a challenging year for teachers in 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic forcing many to change the way they taught.
"It's a great school, our teachers are very resilient. Particularly during Covid. The way they adapted to the new teaching and learning environment was really inspiring," Mr Mani said.
"I'm very happy to be the leader of the school."
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