Educators across the board had a rough time of it last year, but these teachers have said they're now stronger and more resilient than ever.
Nikki Moxon and Kristy Morris, teachers at Oxley Vale Public School, said everything they learned in COVID-19 lockdowns will serve them well as they come into a fresh new year of learning. For Ms Moxon, she said bring on the outings.
"I am really excited to have the kids back and try everything that we were working towards at the end of the year," Ms Morris said.
"I have my room set up ... but I'm so excited for the return of the excursions too! The kids really enjoy them, and it's great for them to get out and learn in a different environment."
But being back in the same building, the same environment with the strengthened connections with parents as well is what Ms Morris loves.
"I am looking forward to be able to interact and collaborate as a whole staff more as restrictions ease," Ms Morris said.
We've been doing things in little pockets so it'll be great to have the whole staff back together again.Kristy Morris
"We've been doing things in little pockets so it'll be great to have the whole staff back together again."
They are all set to focus on student outcomes this year, and said they'd seen some interesting and surprising things come out of last year, especially around how well both students and teachers adapted to the change.
"One of the things I learned [from lockdown] is how resilient our teachers are. The staff we had ran with the online learning, really jumped into it. I was quite impressed at how they've also switched right back," Ms Morris said.
Ms Moxon recalled being incredibly warmed at how much care, concern and enthusiasm the students had for them as teachers, as well as for learning at school when they returned.
"The relationship between student and teachers is really important," Ms Moxon said.