World Teachers’ Day, 25th October, 2013: A Celebration of (KPS) Teachers

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated in over one hundred countries throughout the world and is an opportunity for parents and students to demonstrate their appreciation of the enormous contribution made by teachers everywhere.teach3So, in celebration of our very own teachers, this week’s blog is dedicated to the staff of Kew Primary School.

In the last few days I have conducted a detailed and thoroughly scientific survey of student opinion asking the following three questions:

What do you like most about your teacher?

Would you like to be a teacher when you grow up?

Can you tell me something funny that a teacher has said or done?

Below are the results of the survey: (There are lots of them. I couldn’t leave any out!)bum

What do you like most about your teacher?

She is my favourite teacher because she is in the middle…she is a little bit strict but not too much. (Grade 1)

She is very funny, generally generous and sporty. (Grade 5)

She is kind, but she still tells people off when she needs to and that’s a good sign. (Grade 2)

The best thing about my teachers is that they teach me stuff! (Grade 2)

I like how we do table lotto and how you get to have jobs in the class. My favourite job is doing the roll. I like her because she uses her expression when she reads a book to the class.  (Grade 2)

She speaks nicely to people, and when someone is sad she tries to cheer them up. (Grade 1)

She was funny and she made our work fun; it was like a competition and whoever finished first got a prize – she made you want to do the work.  (Grade 6)

She’s kind and fair and she understands kids’ problems. She helps if people are teasing and she doesn’t mention names.  (Grade 5)

I have two favourite teachers; they don’t shout at me and they are never bossing me around. (Prep)


She’s nice and caring and I like her earrings. (Grade 2)

I liked him because he let us play soccer indoors! (Grade 3)

She would always have conversations with us about what we liked, football, for example.  (Grade 6)

My favourite teacher wasn’t too strict. She was always kind and patient and was funny! (Grade 2)

She gave me hard maths things to do and she didn’t shout a lot. (Grade 2)

He knew heaps about iPads and showed us lots of cool stuff. (Grade 5)

She taught us songs and she let me choose who could line up first for snack and other things. (Grade 1)

She would give us icy poles on really hot days. (Grade 5)

I like the games she runs in class and if you want to she lets you sit on the chairs instead of the carpet. (Grade 2)

When you’ve done something wrong she is very patient and kind. (Grade 1)

She was always enthusiastic about our work which made us also enthusiastic.  Usually if we finished our work quickly we could go out and play.  (Grade 6)

She did good activities which were fun, and she was funny. (Grade 2)

When I first moved here she was really nice to me. (Grade 5)

I like her because she gives me extra work and because she lets us swap seats every term. (Grade 1)

She is friendly and always smiles and lets us have free time. (Grade 3)

I like the teachers who just talk to me about me and my family. (Grade 1)

She is approachable, friendly and nice. (Grade 5)

She’s really happy and she looks after me. (Grade 1)

She is very nice and I miss her when she goes away. (Grade 1)

She is fair to everybody. (Grade 3)

Sometimes at lunch she lets us watch the number jacks on the iPad. (Prep)

Would you like to be a teacher when you grow-up?

Yes, I think it would be fun to be a teacher when I grow up. I would like to teach children what my teacher has taught us; they will probably turn out good readers as well. (Prep)

No, it would be annoying because you could have some naughty kids in your class. (Grade 1)

I would like to be a singing teacher because it gives children a chance to enter a different world. (Grade 1)

No, I will not be a teacher as I am too sporty. (Grade 3)

Yes, I would like to be an art teacher because I love arts and crafts. (Prep)

No, because I would have to know everything. (Grade 5)

Yes, but a ballet teacher. (Prep)

I don’t want to be a teacher because it’s a bit hard if your children are naughty. I don’t have a reason; I just don’t want to do that. (Grade 1)

Yes, I have thought about being a teacher when I grow up. I would also like to be an archaeologist. (Grade 2)

No. I have other ambitions, involving sport. (Grade 5)


Yes, because you could tell kids what to do and only give them a game when they deserved it. (Grade 2)

No, No. Definitely not. Too many children would be annoying. (Grades 2 & 5)

Probably not because I want to be a book reviewer or a Lego designer. (Grade 5)

No, because there could be a few naughty people and you would have to sit them in the corner. (Grade 3)

Yes, I would like to be a performing arts teacher because I like doing the dancing thing and the games. (Grade 1)

No, because I want to be a scientist. (Grade 1)

Yes, because I like the fact that they are helping kids to learn (Grade 2)

No. I wouldn’t want to teach all those kids; it would be annoying and hard because some of them are naughty. (Grade 2)

I wouldn’t like to be a teacher when I grow up because I am more into electronics. (Grade 2)

No definitely not. It is too busy and kids are very annoying. (Grade 1)

No, because I would rather be a lawyer.  (Grade 6)

Can you tell me something funny that a teacher has said or done?

Last week she tripped over the white board markers on the floor and it was really funny.  (Grade 2)

She is very funny when she is reading the book called The Duck and the Fox. At the very end of the story she uses her funny voice when the fox says stupid duck and the duck says stupid fox. (Prep)

When she said she goes for the Bottoms instead of the Bombers. (Grade 1)

She tries to tell jokes and they’re not very funny but I laugh to make her feel better. I once went up to her at lunch and said: I like your scarf, and she replied: Well you’ll be getting a high grade for that compliment! (Grade 5)

It was funny when she made a mistake on the white board and had to start again, and once she was talking and right in the middle a boy said: Frankenstein! (Prep)

Her jokes are hilarious! (Grade 5)

When kids got stressed he would say: ‘Hey! Cool your jets!’ That was really funny. (Grade 5)

She wrote on the interactive whiteboard with a permanent marker! (Grade 3)

She messed up the projector and all the images were upside down. (Grade 2)

Once she told us a story about being at camp and she gave the keys of the van to a kid to get something from the van. The kid came back and said that someone had left the hand-brake off and the van had rolled down a hill and hit a tree! We were all laughing. (Grade 5)

She was funny when she sang: Bellyflop in a Pigsty. (Grade 1)

One of the funniest things was when she fell down the stair; I was laughing but I also felt really sorry for her. (Grade 6)


I cannot remember precisely which teacher it was, I think I was in Grade 2 at the time. We were doing maths and the teacher was counting down with her fingers from ten.  She was left pointing her middle finger at the class.  It was very funny and the whole class was laughing.  (Grade 6)

She said we had to do one hundred star jumps, but actually it’s only one! (Prep)

She draws a funny ‘W’. (Grade 1)

Once he taught us the haka which was really cool. (Grade 5)

I don’t know. I know some not funny stuff. (Grade 1)

My teachers are not funny at all. (Grade 2)

A poem, a video clip and a message

When I was thinking about teaching – its many delights and challenges – I recalled a poem I read many years ago by the English children’s writer, Allan Ahlberg. I particularly love his introduction:

I think this poem has something to do with the psychological state of teachers. Imagine you’re a child in class and you ask your teacher five questions every day – that’s not many is it, five – but, if there are thirty of you, that makes 150 questions a day, 750 questions a week, 3000 questions a month, and if we say ten months in the year, that’s 30,000 questions a year. If a teacher teachers for ten years, that’s 300,000 questions. And this, of course, explains the situation which most children understand which is that all school teachers are crazy.  

Please Mrs Butler

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps copying my work, Miss.
What shall I do?

Go and sit in the hall, dear.
Go and sit in the sink.
Take your books on the roof, my lamb.
Do whatever you think.

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps taking my rubber, Miss.
What shall I do?

Keep it in your hand, dear.
Hide it up your vest.
Swallow it if you like, love.
Do what you think best.

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps calling me rude names, Miss.
What shall I do?

Lock yourself in the cupboard, dear.
Run away to sea.
Do whatever you can, my flower.
But don’t ask me!

Allan Ahlberg

So on the days you feel a bit like Mrs Butler, remember that there are many people who really appreciate the work you do. When I put out the call for parents to ask their kids to contribute to this blog, my in-box filled up in hours. The kids loved talking about you all and sharing their stories and the parents were eager to pass on their support and thanks. So Happy World Teachers’ Day everyone and thank-you for your kindness and humour, your hard-work and commitment, and for creating a fantastic learning environment for our kids.

Jacqui Tomlins (on behalf of the school parent community)

And finally, this is a funny YouTube clip of the English comedian, Peter Kay, talking about teachers. I hope it makes you smile:


2 thoughts on “World Teachers’ Day, 25th October, 2013: A Celebration of (KPS) Teachers

  1. Teachers are best when they have gorgeous parents like you supporting them Jacqui! How clever you are and how wonderful you are! X Bit

  2. Agree Jacqui whole heartedly! I am very grateful to have such a passionate and skilled group of teachers at Kew Primary School. I am thankful and confident every day I send my girls to school, that they are taught, cared for, and grown up inside, by a wonderful group of teachers that really care about what they do and it shows. I take my hat off to them, as I think it’s a very challenging job, but one of the most important in our world. I think it would be great if we, as a society, supported our teachers more, and gave more significance to their role.

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