About the Recognition of Service ceremony

The Recognition of Service ceremony is an annual event that recognises and celebrates dedication, loyalty and longevity of service to the Department of Education.

Service recognition is awarded at a state level each year for staff who have achieved 40 years, 45 years, 50 years and 55 years of service. Regional offices coordinate service recognition ceremonies each year for staff who have achieved 35 years of service.

More than 400 teachers, principals, education support officers and corporate staff were recognised for 40, 45, 50 and 55 years of service to Victorian education at the 2019 presentation ceremony held in the Savoy Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt on Sunday 21 July.

For a full list of the 2019 Service Recognition recipients, see Honour Roll.

Audio transcript

[Adele Meren - 50 years]

Walking into the classroom even after so many years is a dream. Children haven't really changed. They still love what you're doing for them. They're still hopefully a little bit naive and not too streetwise. They know that I love books and I am hoping to, sort of, spread that to them but children are basically the same.

[Allan Robinson - 50 years]

For teachers to stay in the system and work for a long time, they can pass on experience and knowledge to the younger staff coming through. We've been told that in the future people with have, you know, 10, 20 different job changes once they leave school not like us old dinosaurs but I think it's really important to learn from the past, learn from the experience of others and it is so critical that that advice, that support, that mentoring takes place.

[Maureen Spencer-Gardner - 50 years]

These '50-year' teachers like me, have worked through some amazing times and still having the passion all that time later is such a gift and I'm just thankful for it every day.

To contact the Recognition of Service team email service.recognition@edumail.vic.gov.au.