Teachers across the region will be shouted dinner at a series of venues over the next few weeks as a thank you for what has been described as “one of the most horrendous terms of school ever”.

NSW teachers have seen unprecedented staff shortages so far in 2022 that have stretched resources and workloads to the limit and even seen some schools return to online learning for short periods. Maintaining duty of care while on skeleton staff and also playing catch up with the last two years of broken learning has put enormous pressure on local educators. 

This is the reason Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council Mayor Kenrick Winchester is arranging a series of teachers’ dinners over the coming weeks. 

The dinners will be funded through the sale of ‘tickets’, where members of a school community can buy a dinner for a teacher at their school – or any school – as a way of saying thank you.

“Teachers have had the most horrendous term ever, and they need something to look forward to,” the mayor said.

“We need to support them and this was an easy way for the community to show we support what they do.”

The dinners will be hosted across a number of events and dates, with the first one being held this Friday at Hotel Queanbeyan.

“Each of our school social clubs will make sure that the teachers at their school will be able to attend an event and have an opportunity to let their hair down,” the mayor said.

QPRC mayor Kenrick Winchester. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Hotel Queanbeyan Publican Mathew Griffin was keen to get on board on support the teachers this Friday.

“The pub will be purchasing tickets and providing discounted food on the evening,” Mat said.

To purchase a ‘ticket’ for one of the dinners, which will buy a teacher dinner and a couple of drinks, head to the Eventbrite site.

“You will be able to select which school you want to support – and it includes both public and private schools,” the mayor said.

“Any unspent funds will be donated to the relevant school’s social club.”

To show your support for a teacher and buy them dinner, click here.

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