Teacher’s Names

I’m sure your child has told you that many of our teachers, including myself, have asked students to refer to them by their first name, rather than their surname. Some teachers have decided to keep their surname. This is fine and is their personal choice.

Many teachers, in many schools, across the State, are referred to by their first name. While in Melbourne visiting schools last week, we observed students referring to their teachers by their first name, and it was certainly respectful. This change is something that we’ve been discussing for some time now.

Our children respect our teachers, just as we respect our children. We do not believe that RESPECT comes from calling us by our surnames.

The definition of respect is:

“a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements”.

Some children are finding it a little “funny” at the moment, but it will only take a little while before it becomes “normal” and part of the way things work at West.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns.