Victor Harbor R-7 School Indonesian teacher Sharon Mann honoured with Gotong Royong Award on World Teachers Day 2019

IMPRESSIVE: Sharon Mann receives the Gotong Royong (Working Together) Award from SA Minister for Education John Gardner on October 25. Photo: Supplied.
IMPRESSIVE: Sharon Mann receives the Gotong Royong (Working Together) Award from SA Minister for Education John Gardner on October 25. Photo: Supplied.

Victor Harbor R-7 School teacher Sharon Mann has been recognised for her work with fellow Indonesian teachers with a state award.

World Teachers Day is held internationally on October 5 to recognise the role of teachers in society, and three weeks after the day, Educators SA held a special celebration at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Adelaide on Friday, October 25.

Ms Mann was presented with the Gotong Royong (Working Together) Award by the Indonesian Teachers Association of South Australia, which she was proud to accept in recognition of her achievements while supporting Indonesian language teacher colleagues.

This award acknowledged the work undertaken by the local three-teacher team in organising two conferences on the Fleurieu in 2017 and 2019, as well as presenting at many other conferences themselves.

"Cathy Elliott (from Port Elliot Primary School), Annie Beach (from Goolwa Primary School) and myself work together as a team when it comes to organising and presenting at conferences," she said.

"I have put in a lot of personal time and effort to organise and present at conferences over the years. It is really nice for that effort to be acknowledged."

She said she could not do her job without the support of some "amazing" colleagues in the Indonesian teaching team and at Victor Harbor R-7.

She was proud to help other language teachers, but she was passionate about teaching students.

"There is nothing better than students acquiring language while having fun," she said.

"If they ask me, 'Are we going to do any work today?', then I know I've done my job properly - little do they know they've actually been working/learning all along."

Also at the event Ms Elliot received an Educators Supporting Educators Award.

She received the Gotong Royong Award in 2015.

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