It's really the partnership between teachers and admin staff that creates an environment for success.BETH GODWIN, principal, Cabramatta High School
Next week, week six, schools take time to honour the outstanding work of their administration staff.
The office staff are the school's public interface and manage the daily operations, including financial transactions. Assistants in science, library, print room and home economics ensure those areas work smoothly.
The assistants to the executive engage with staff and students to ensure all students are cared for. Support staff work side by side in the classroom with teachers. Technical-support officers ensure the ever-growing computers and technology systems are updated and working.
Many schools have community-liaison officers who connect parents with the school.
Schools must be maintained and this falls to the general assistant, a Jack of all trades.
At Cabramatta High we have over 30 admin staff who keep the school running to a high standard. They ensure when a student needs extra help they're noticed.
Students constantly seek out admin staff for help with anything from being injured or late to school to timetable information.
Teachers rely on admin staff to organise equipment, buy and prepare class materials and help students in classrooms understand the lesson. This includes maintenance of the classrooms and facilities. The high quality of this support translates directly into high quality student results. Often it's teachers who get the accolades but it's really the partnership between teachers and admin staff that creates an environment for success.
Being in school admin requires patience, flexibility, a desire to make a difference, care for students, passion for education, willingness to continually learn and the energy to deal with so many requests. They're the unsung heroes of our schools.