I distinctively remember the note my English teacher gave me on my last day of Year 11.
It was a tough decision. In fact, at the time, I felt like a complete failure. Like I’d taken the easy way out.
On that final day of English Advanced class in Year 11, our teacher gave a personalised note to each and every student in the class.
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Years later, I can still remember exactly what that note said.
Although she may not know it, that teacher’s kindness ultimately changed my entire mindset about tackling my final year of schooling.
In fact, it completely set me on a different course – leading me to where I am today.
Around Australia, hundreds of teachers do exactly what my English teacher did that year.
In a job that’s often described as thankless, many teachers take time out of their busy schedules at the end of the year to write personalised notes and cards for their students.
It’s a story we don’t often hear about.
But when Australian mum Leah saw the personalised note her daughter Isla had received from her Year 2 teacher, she knew she had to share it.
"Isla received this gift from her teacher today," Leah wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of the note.