Next, to parents, teachers have one of the hardest gigs in the universe. To celebrate our kids’ teachers and show them some gratitude, check out haven’s favourite teacher competition…

Did you know teachers are leaving their profession in significant numbers, with figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing more than half of those with a teaching degree not currently working in education? And Federal Government research conducted in 2014 estimates that 20 percent of education graduates do not even register as teachers on graduating – many teachers leave their careers before they even begin them.

The haven team (all parents of school-aged kids) thought it was a time we celebrated these wonderful humans – those people who take the hands of our tiny balls of Preppy shyness and turn them into proud, con dent Year 12 students ready to take on the world. Teachers really are amazing. And we want to know about your amazing teacher!


To celebrate teachers in all their glory, we want you to nominate your fave teacher for the chance to win them a weekend away. Yes, your teacher works very hard so wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to give them a weekend off, in the ULTIQA Resort of their choice? ULTIQA Resorts set the standard for South- East Queensland holidays with ve exclusive properties across South-East Queensland. The winning teacher’s ULTIQA accommodation prize is valued at $610.

And we haven’t forgotten about you either! The readers who nominate the five finalists in our competition will each receive a $100 voucher to spend at Ironlak Art & Design. There are brand new Ironlak Art & Design stores at Westfield Chermside and Westfield Garden City with Ironlak’s flagship store in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall (and of course, you can find Ironlak’s professional quality, low-cost art supplies online).

We are also very excited to have national parenting blogger School Mum judging our finalists in search of haven’s favourite teacher. Literally a school mum herself, School Mum Sam Jockel is also keen to show gratitude to our teachers who work in one of the most challenging professions of them all.

To enter our competition, simply tell us in 25 words or less why your teacher is the best. Entries close August 10.

This competition has now closed.

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We asked kids, what do you love about school? What is special about your teacher?

Bridie, aged 12: I love that school gives me a chance to meet new people and make new friends that I wouldn’t meet otherwise. My teacher takes time to get to know all his students individually and cares a great deal about them, he also takes time to recognise my strengths and weaknesses and help me strengthen or improve them.

Quinn, aged 10: I like the sports program because it makes me healthy and sometimes it includes teamwork which helps me with my skills and it is very enjoyable. My teacher is calm and relaxed by still does a good job at teaching and making sure I understand things.

Annabelle, aged 6: I love the teacher, the people and I love my friends. My teacher is always nice, funny and smiley and she loves to play soccer!

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