School's out: How teachers spend their holidays
SCHOOL holidays are fast approaching and it is hard not to get caught up in all the fun activities available for the kids whilst they enjoy some time off from their busy study schedules.
But spare a thought for our hard-working school teachers, surely they deserve some downtime after another stressful school term as well?
Teachers from Wheatlands State School took a break from the frantic last couple of days of the school term and were asked what they would be getting up to during their September holiday break.
Year 2/3 teacher Kerry Dunn said she would be spending a lot of time outdoors and hopefully would have enough room for all the essentials.
"I'll be taking some dressage classes and working with the horses and cattle,” she said.
"We'll also be heading to the coast for a bit of rest and relaxation but with two bikes, two kayaks, and a great dane there may not be room for the husband,” she joked.
For teacher aide Jude Stanley, she said she was looking forward to some time on the farm and spoiling the grandkids.
"I'll mostly be hanging out with family on the farm,” she said.
"I'll get to spend some time with the grandkids, as well as a quick overseas trip to Bribie Island to see my mum.”
For other teachers like prep and Year 1 teacher Sarah Sullivan, the school holiday break is just another opportunity to focus on her business interests.
"I'll be spending the first week travelling to Atherton in far North Queensland as the official photographer for a five day horse endurance event,” she said.
"I'll also visit some family on the trip back home.”
Braving the outdoors is on the cards for Year 4/5 teacher Michelle Bishop.
"We will be taking a couple of trips to Brisbane to see family, probably a couple of camping trips as well,” she said.
Alas there isn't any rest for the young student teacher Sarah Anderson who will spend her school term break with her head in the books.
"I'll be kept pretty busy between completing uni work as well as my paid work at the RSL and IGA,” she said.
Year 6 teacher and school librarian Emma Fox was looking forward to letting her hair down.
"I'll be kicking the holidays off with a hen's night celebration and I'll be ending the holidays with a wedding,” she said.
Spare a thought for our over-worked school teachers this September school holidays, however, from what it sounds like they will be having as much fun as the kids.