Support Staff Week of Action 2022: 22-26 August

Celebrating Support Staff, an essential part of the Education Team

The AEU's Support Staff Week of Action each year acknowledges School Services Officers (SSOs), Early Childhood Workers (ECWs) and Aboriginal Education Workers (AEWs). We know that sites could not function without you and everything you do helps support young people to achieve their potential.

As with previous years, it’s about acknowledgement and appreciation, cake and flowers but it’s much more. Respect and appreciation of a person’s work also means taking action to improve their working lives – this action is one way you can show respect for AEW, SSO and ECW members of our union and your education team.    

Ways to celebrate

Let’s blitz Facebook every day of the week with images acknowledging the essential work of support staff. 

Get a photo with one of the campaign posters and get it on social media to spread the word. Post to your own Facebook page or send to [email protected] for the AEU Journal and Facebook page. 

Some other suggestions for celebration and acknowledgement:

  • Morning tea or shared lunch
  • Certificates of appreciation
  • Awards at assembly, from staff or children/students 
  • Cards made by staff, classes or individual students
  • Photos for display with positive messages, thank you notes and shout outs
  • Schools and preschools post thank you notes or acknowledgements on their Facebook pages
  • Articles in school and preschool newsletters or online platforms 
  • Special treats, such as chocolates, biscuits, home-made goodies or flowers.
  • Teachers, leaders and other staff take on a role to give support staff members a break for celebrations  
  • Support staff share something about their role and an achievement.

Certificate of appreciation

Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to support staff is a popular activity during Support Staff Week.

Watch this space for the 2022 template to download.