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Education Minister welcomes new staff at reception 19 September 2008

The Department of Education has hosted a reception for staff who have joined the Department this September.

The event was held last night at Cronk-y-Berry School and more than 60 new staff attended to meet the Minister for Education Anne Craine MHK, Department Member Eddie Lowey MLC, Members of the Board of Education and senior officers. Among others who attended to get to know new colleagues were the Skimmee Gien Mie (Team Wellbeing) team and new Head of Music Maggie Richardson.

The Minister welcomed the staff, telling them they formed part of a workforce of 2,670 in the Isle of Man Government’s second biggest Department. She told them:

‘You have a part to play in shaping the service that we give to the children and young people of the Isle of Man and the community in which we live.’

The Minister said:

‘We are a service industry. Whether you will be involved in schools or colleges, at the nursery or adult learning stage, we all have a part to play and a contribution to make.’

The Minister noted that attending were 36 teachers who were new to Department schools, 15 of them newly qualified, a new adviser in the Education Improvement Service, five new lecturers, seven new cleaners, two new catering staff and 12 new education support officers. She said everyone had an equal part to play in ensuring the success of young people.

She recounted the tale of the management consultant who walked into NASA and asked the cleaner: “What is it that you do here?” The cleaner replied: “I’m helping to put a man on the moon."

Just as everyone at NASA is working to put a man on the moon, everyone working in the Department of Education is helping to ensure that the Island’s young people succeed, said Mrs Craine.

‘The Isle of Man is a success and we want to keep it that way. We can do by each of us committing ourselves enthusiastically and energetically to doing our best,’ the Minister concluded. ‘I hope that you will enjoy your time with the Department and that you will feel valued and rewarded in the work that you do. I wish you well.’

Guests then watched a DVD about the Department, expertly put together by Alex Townsend from the Department's ICT section and brilliantly narrated by St Ninian’s High School pupil Charlie Williams.

Then stayed to chat and enjoyed refreshments laid on by School Meals Supervisor Shona Fraser and her team.

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