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Celebrate School Cleaners’ Day

three ladies in coloured wigs holding wheelie bins

​Here's cheers to our school cleaners! Mt Crosby State School cleaning staff are just some of the thousands of school cleaners doing a 'wheelie' great job.

This Monday 15 June is School Cleaners’ Day—a perfect opportunity to honour the valuable contribution our school cleaners make to ensure our education facilities are a healthy and hygienic environment for students and staff.

The more than 4,100 cleaning staff at our schools are simply more than just cleaning angels—for many schools they are an integral part of the school family.

Mt Crosby State School Business Manager Debbie McGuire-Horrigan said the cleaning staff (pictured) are very valued members of their school community.

'We all work as a team. And our cleaners are no different. They are appreciated and respected for their work, and the important contribution they make,' Debbie said.

'Whether it's Book Week, chaplaincy fundraising, or any other significant school event, they participate and are involved.'

Department of Education cleaners are not only a committed bunch, they are dedicated and loyal.

Years of impressive service range from 25 years to even 40 years (a special shout out to Collinsville State School's Kim Barry who just celebrated four decades with the department). Recently, Leichhardt State School's Julie Locker clocked up 25 years at the school—well done Julie!

'I think it's important all school staff and families acknowledge and thank their school cleaners for their efforts. The COVID crisis has really highlighted the important role they play,' Debbie said.

What about your school? Have you thanked your cleaners for all their hard work?

Schools, look out for our downloadable 'thank you' posters (you'll find these on OnePortal), as well as the #clapforcleaners action on Monday 15.

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Last updated
19 June 2020