Celebrating Teacher’s Appreciation Day!

By Danel Wentzel, 5th October 2022

Celebrating Teacher’s Appreciation Day!

7 Reasons why teachers are incredible.


One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

Our incredible educator, Justine Swartz, in action! Image by Danel Wentzel | SOSF Shark Education Centre.

Teacher’s Appreciation Day may only come around once a year, but let’s be honest: our teachers and educators should be appreciated every day (and twice on Sundays)! So while the school principals are scrambling to put in the flower orders, we thought we’d remind you of just why you ROCK!



Here are 7 reasons why we think educators’ hard work and dedication should be recognised on Teacher Appreciation Day, and every other day too!


Teachers are silent heroes
There is so much that you do that goes unnoticed. You work silently during and after school hours, often without recognition. Sundays are spent planning and preparing for the school week ahead, and the school holidays are often not really holidays. So much hard work goes behind the scenes.

Zanele working hard behind the scenes to ensure all paperwork gets signed before the fun lessons begin. Image by Danel Wentzel | SOSF Shark Education Centre.

Teachers still plan and prepare when they are sick
Every teacher knows that it’s more exhausting to plan for a substitute teacher than it is to drag your sick self to work and try to make it through the day. Going to work is often easier than articulating your daily plans to a substitute teacher. Then the guilt sets in: How will your students cope without you? Will the lesson be taught as well as you would do it? Will your less confident students get the support that they need? Who will coordinate your after-school sports session?


Teachers are multi-tasking speed eaters
I don’t know of any other profession in which it is the norm to eat your lunch in four minutes while supervising a large crowd of small humans in a high-risk open space. But somehow, you manage to make it work!


Teachers have bladders of steel
Teachers, there’s no time to go to the bathroom. Oh, and I forgot to mention that you’ll be lucky if there’s time to go during your so-called break. Part of your job as a teacher is to monitor your water intake so that you don’t need to go to the bathroom during lesson time.

The educators at the SOSF Shark Education Centre leading a school group down to the rocky shores. Image by Danel Wentzel | SOSF Shark Education Centre.

Teachers give the most important gift of all
Not only do you give your students the gift of learning, but you also give them the gift of thinking for themselves. Never underestimate the positive impact you are making on the lives of individuals.


Teachers shape future generations
Teachers shape the future by touching lives and strengthening communities. That is YOU I’m talking about.


Teachers open hearts and inspire minds
Teachers motivate their students and inspire them to be the best that they can simply by believing in them. This unwavering faith opens hearts and minds to the world of possibility.

A group of learners from Wynberg High, accompanied by their teacher during a field trip to the Shark Centre. Image by Danel Wentzel | SOSF Shark Education Centre.

We want to take a minute to thank all our incredible teachers and educators for the wonderful work that you do. Because, face it, the world wouldn’t be the same without you!

Happy Teacher’s Appreciation Day!