On Sunday 22 May the Victorian Education department recognised the service of its staff who have completed, 40, 45 and 50 years of service to Victorian education.  BSSC congratulates three of its staff members who were recognised for their service.  Rosalie Lake and Rob Hallisey have each achieved 45 years of service to education – the majority being in Bendigo – and principal Dale Pearce was also congratulated for his 40 years of teaching and educational leadership.

Recipients were welcomed to the ceremony at The Pullman ballroom in Albert Park by Department Secretary Gill Callister and the Minister for Education, Hon James Merlino, while Jeanette Nagorka our Regional Director, hosted the ceremony.

In his reflections on the significance of the event for the teachers and support staff being presented, Minister Merlino said  that everyone remembers their best teachers – passionate, dedicated educators who went above and beyond for their students.

“Each and every one of you should be proud of your achievements and it is incredible to consider how many young Victorians you have taught through your years of service, he said.”

During the ceremony a video was screened which highlighted the many changes in education practice during the careers of those present. It highlighted the wonderful opportunities and facilities available to today’s teachers compared to the box of chalk and a blackboard duster of yesteryear. But a consistent theme was that a caring enthusiasm and passion for helping young people learn, no matter what their circumstances, is what lies behind a successful teaching career.

“I am sure the best reward is seeing students go on to achieve their goals, living happy, healthy and productive lives,” Minister Merlino said.