Volunteer bulletin February 2022

Our new video 1: ‘why I teach ethics’ | Our new video 2: teaching in a mask | Coral and Kirsten’s stories | A new start for Rob | Renew now! |

This bulletin is packed with inspiring volunteer stories in video and online for you to watch and read. Not all schools are back yet but the buzz we get from teaching is returning. We’re always happy to hear about your experiences, simply hit reply to this email.

Of course, in order to teach, you must first complete the renewal process. Schools need time to complete their checks when we send the Authorised Volunteer List, so you can’t leave it to the night before.

If you are not returning, please do let us know so we can stop bugging you about it! And remember, to go into raincheck for the term, please renew first.

The measures developed with NSW Health to minimise transmission of the coronavirus and keep schools open are changing in the next couple of weeks.

Cohorting will cease as from Monday 28 February. Ethics coordinators who have arranged classes determined by cohorts might want to revisit class composition with their school SRE/SEE coordinator.

From Monday 7 March, masks will no longer be mandatory for teachers (including ethics teachers) in primary schools. Of course, you can keep wearing your mask while on school grounds and even when teaching if you choose to. Take a look at our video of tips for teaching in masks below.

We keep our COVID FAQs updated so do check them regularly.

Video: ‘My small way to make a big difference’
Six Primary Ethics volunteers tell us what they get out of being an ethics teacher – which is a great deal!

We made this short video for you to share with your friends and with other parents at your child’s school to encourage more people to become volunteers. There’s a captioned version, which will work well on social media, and non-captioned for sharing in school newsletters or in email to friends.

Thanks to retired editor Kevin Hinchey who did the volunteer editing after our stars filmed themselves at home during the lockdown. Watch the video (captioned or uncaptioned) and use the links to share >>

Video: 5 tips for teaching in masks
Ben and Dana from southern Sydney have teaching in masks fully covered in this short, snazzy video.
Thanks to Kristen Dagg for editing this in her spare time from a busy professional editing job.
Watch and share >>>

Giving back: Coral and Kirsten’s stories
Two inspiring stories for you this month.
Coral Sturgess has been teaching in her granddaughter’s school on the Central Coast for the past six years. Kirsten Downey, paramedic and mother-of-four, teaches in the Hills district.
Coral: Giving back >>
Kirsten: The joy and lessons in living an ethical life >>

Starting afresh
New year, new class and for experienced ethics teacher Rob Forsyth, a completely new school.
Rob shares his thoughts and advice about starting the ethics teaching year.
‘Remember to breathe’ >>

High school ethics coming to the Central Coast
We are excited that Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina Campus is planning to start an ethics program, with classes hopefully commencing in term 2. Year 7 ethics classes will be delivered once a fortnight on Wednesday mornings. If you would be interested in this opportunity to teach ethics to high school students, please contact Fiona Branscombe.

Primary Ethics at the 2022 NSW Seniors Festival – Sydney and Wyong
Primary Ethics will be an exhibitor at this year’s NSW Seniors Festival Expo at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, on 30/31 March. We’ll have a stall attended by staff and volunteers.

We’ll also be at the Seniors Festival Expo at Wyong Racecourse on the Central Coast on 31 March. If you’re going to either of these events, please come along and say hi.

If you know of any seniors events in your local area that Primary Ethics could be part of, eg. an open day, fete, etc, please let us know. We’re happy to help you organise and provide resources. Please contact Dana Sampath with any queries.

Spread the word
This year as ever there’s high demand for ethics classes – we know it can be frustrating if you don’t have enough teachers to meet that demand in your school.

The majority of volunteers start because their children are doing ethics. We’ve made some social media images to share with other parents who haven’t made the leap into volunteering – yet. Contact the Communications Manager if you’d like some to share.

Thank you so much for everything you bring to Primary Ethics.
The Primary Ethics team