Politicians and head teachers will attend events in schools across Wales today (Friday) to praise the hard work of school support staff. The unsung heroes, teaching assistants, administrators, caterers, midday supervisors and cleaners are part of the whole education team which makes our schools the success they are.
Assembly Members Dawn Bowden and Jane Hutt are supporting UNISON’s Stars in our Schools day of celebration on 24 November, visiting schools in their constituencies and speaking to staff. The trade union will be delivering hundreds of cakes and goody bags to schools across Wales.
UNISON, the largest trade union for school support staff in Wales, has organised the day to make sure the world knows just how vital these employees are to children’s education. Today, schools right across Wales will be holding award ceremonies, putting on special assemblies or holding a coffee morning to thank support staff for their commitment over the last year.
Jess Turner, UNISON Cymru Wales lead organiser for schools said,
“UNISON’s Stars in our Schools day shines a light on the wonderful work of all school support staff. We are very pleased politicians and head teachers want to champion the positive role of the whole school staff team in making schools welcoming and effective places for students to learn. UNISON is dedicated to campaigning for decent terms and conditions for all school staff.”
Notes to editors
- UNISON Cymru Wales Stars in our Schools events on Friday 24 November 2017.
|Cardiff County||Invitation out all schools||Art competition to depict admin staff in schools – Prize awarded to school and staff|
|Torfaen County||Six schools participating||Coffee morning and certificates for all support staff|
|Monmouthshire||Magor Primary||Bags with freebies & celebration. Prize Draw for UNISON members £20 voucher|
|Caldicot||Bags with freebies & celebration. Prize Draw for UNISON members £20 voucher|
|Newport||Maes Ebbw Special School||Lunch bags and thank you letter from Head|
|St Joseph’s High School||Gift bags with UNISON freebies & gathering at lunchtime with cupcakes|
|Caerleon Comp||Gift Bags and event with cup cakes|
|Llanwern High||Gift Bags and coffee and cake during staff breaks|
|Charles Williams Primary||Gift bags and an event table with coffee and cake|
|Gaer Primary||Providing mugs and Coasters – cake and coffee at break time|
|Ringland Primary||Gifts of mug, coaster, ruler and badges|
|Neath Port Talbot||Across County||Celebration day for long serving staff inc afternoon tea and cert/chocs from leader|
|Pembs||Across County||Recognition for long serving staff – flowers. Tin of chocs & Stars goodies to each school|
|Cwm Taf||St Marys Primary
|Dawn Bowden AM attending special recognition of school support staff and opening Christmas fete.
Cakes and Stars freebies distributed to schools in Merthyr
|Vale of Glamorgan||Gwenvoe Primary
St Illtyd’s Primary
|Celebration of school support staff with Jane Hutt AM
Coffee Mornings at all these schools with Cake supplied by the branch
St Mary’s & St Patrick’s
|3 coffee breaks at varying times with teachers serving refreshments.
Event at 1.30pm
|Carms||Ysgol Emlyn||Goody bags and celebration coffee break|
|Ceredigion||All schools||Distribution of bags with info packs and freebies|
|Conwy||Al Schools||Goody bags for all|
|Flintshire||3 Schools||Celebration events with local AM and MP invited|
Alastair Gittins, UNISON Press Officer on 07816 538397