President's Updates

It seems that every time we get close to school holidays, we have another COVID-19 situation impacting the Perth and Peel Regions, and this time is no different. It is, however, concerning that the Delta variant is much more contagious than previous variants and this, in turn, has increased anxiety for staff, parents and children.

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I have enjoyed catching up with members recently at regional events, Chapter and Collegial meetings as well as through school visits. What is clear is that you are all extremely busy, whilst at the same time, positive about your schools and communities. The role you play as leaders is critical in the success of schools and this is constantly reinforced by our Director-General.

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Last week, we had over 40 Chapter Chairs and Board Members gather at the Tradewinds Hotel for our State Assembly. The two days were extremely productive, resulting in clear actions being developed to progress critical issues impacting members and their schools. We also began the process of formally reviewing the WAPPA Strategic Plan in readiness for our 2022–2025 plan.

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I applaud your efforts to again ensure that the continuity of education has been maintained in your schools, with yet another COVID cloud to start the term. Not only that, but the work you have been doing in preparing for NAPLAN to begin next week has been huge.

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Welcome back to term 2 and I trust that the majority of you did have time to rest and relax. Unfortunately for many of our members in the Midwest and other areas were impacted by Cyclone Seroja, it was a bit of déjà vu with the April holidays interrupted once again, but unfortunately, with much more personal trauma and loss also involved.

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