Recognising Victoria’s Longest-Serving Teachers

22 May 2016

Hundreds of Victorian teachers were recognised today for their long-serving dedication to students and families, at the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education awards.

Minister for Education James Merlino congratulated just under 400 staff being honoured for 40, 45 and 50 years of service to education at the awards, the majority of whom were teachers.

Those being honoured included Sandringham East Primary School teacher Sheila Pfeffer, who with 50 years’ experience as a teacher was one of the longest-serving recipients recognised.

The Recognition of Service awards are a chance to acknowledge dedication and hard work of teachers and staff.

A total of 264 teacher and staff were recognised for 40 years of service, 98 were recognised for 45 years of service and 21 were recognised for 50 years of service.

Highlights from today’s awards also included:

  • Bendigo South East 7-10 Secondary School has four 40-year recipients and one 45-year recipient
  • Glen Waverley Secondary College has three 40-year recipients and three 45-year recipients
  • Strathmore Secondary College has four 40-year recipients
  • Western English Language School has four 40-year recipients and one 50-year recipient

The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian has access to a great education.

The Victorian Budget 2016-17 delivered an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including a record $924 million for capital works and an extra $200 million for maintenance.

Solid, safe and efficient infrastructure is the foundation of our education system, supporting teachers, principals, students and parents to work in the best environments possible.

The Labor Government has also provided $21.6 million to help all government school teachers implement the new Victorian Curriculum, which will help equip Victorian students for the jobs of tomorrow.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“I want to thank all the teachers and staff recognised today for their enduring dedication to education excellence in Victoria.”

“Whether they worked in front of a classroom or in an office supporting schools, everyone recognised Recognition of Service to Victorian Education awards has helped deliver a great education to thousands of Victorian kids.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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