Class Professionals Blog

Practical and simple recruitment solutions for the education and childcare sectors




Exam stress is a feeling of pressure that many young people feel coming up to exam time.   It usually occurs during the revision period before exams and immediately before the exams themselves.  Stress is defined as an individual's response to pressure.

If you are currently teaching Year 12 students you may find some of these tips useful to pass on during exam time!

Eat your Way to a Better Grade!

BREAKFAST -  Eat grains and proteins.  Try oatmeal topped with peanut butter and apple.

LUNCH AND DINNER - Go for the Omega-3 and Fatty Acids! Fish is perfect for this.

NEED TO BOOST YOUR CRAMMING CAPABILITIES?   Have a salad topped with spinach, onions, broccoli and beans!

NEED TO SATISFY THAT SWEET TOOTH?  Go for berries and dark chocolate.  The antioxidants in these help to increase blood flow to the brain for increased alertness and clarity!

STAY HYDRATED - Be sure to drink plenty of water. Not drinking enough water can make you feel sluggish and stressed.  Avoid caffeine this can make you feel anxious – try a cup of herbal tea instead.  Peppermint, chamomile are known for their calming properties.

REMEMBER:  Two minute noodles do not fall into any of the above categories!!

To calm yourself if feeling overwhelmed  -  Remember to:


Not just normal breathing – deep breathing.  Just stop, find a quiet place, sit upright and breath deeply for the count of 5 (while counting in your head).  Continue this for 2-3 minutes and you will be amazed how this will calm you down again.


Make time to spend half an hour away from the study and exercise – go for a run – pump some weights – have a dance session.  Just clear your head and come back to the study with those endorphins buzzing!

For more motivational quotes for your students – check out the following link 

Good Luck!!


Wendy Picture

In July this year Class Professionals welcomed Wendy Mitchell to the team as a Recruitment Consultant.  Wendy has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and specifically recruitment.  She had lead recruitment teams in a number of large corporate organisations and consulted into multiple smaller and boutique organisations throughout WA.   Her recruitment experience spans a diverse range of disciplines, roles and sectors.

Wendy’s breadth of experience brings a fresh perspective to our team.  Her wider industry knowledge ensure we continue to ‘look outside of the box’ and tackle all selection processes using lateral thinking and the best approach from the wider world of recruitment.

She brings with her extensive knowledge of recruitment process and a strong focus on matching candidates to clients based not only on person specifications but the individual culture and values of the client school.

 Wendy has a strong corporate background and professional approach with a key strength being building and nurturing customer relations to ensure results that last.

 After many years in the corporate sector Wendy is enjoying the flexibility that working in the education sector allows, giving her more time to spend with her husband and 7 year old son.  She has been busy getting to know our clients and candidates and no doubt you will speak to Wendy some time in the future if you haven’t already!


go green

The Sustainability Issue

This month we are focussing on sustainability in the early childhood environment. We would like to encourage all our educators to think about sustainability and the green environment when programming and planning for children in their care.

A mobile or vertical garden is an excellent way to encourage little green fingers and create an interest in the environment. From watering and caring for the garden to planting and growing their own patch, a centre garden can be a big hit with children and staff alike, offering the opportunity to explore new activities.

The benefits of these types of gardens are immense for both the education of the children but also the fabric of the centre.

· A centre garden will increase biodiversity by providing food and a favourable habitat for birds and insects.

· Vertical gardens can shield buildings from heat, sunlight and UV rays.

· Mobile gardens are easy to move which means no space is lost for activities.

· Both are great examples of inventive re-purposing of materials, and can be constructed using plastic bottles, trolleys and wheel barrows.

More importantly, research conducted in America has shown that children who are regularly exposed to a green setting:

· concentrate and follow instructions better.

· have a higher level of self- worth.

· are more resilient during stressful times.


Create a mobile or vertical garden

· Use plastic bottles for the vertical garden.

· Wheelbarrow or old shopping trolley for the mobile garden.

· Involve families with your project by asking them to bring in plastic bottles or unused wheelbarrows or supplying plant cuttings from their gardens to plant in the new garden.

Activities which focus on sustainability link with the Early Years Learning Framework Learning Outcome 2.3 (Children become socially responsible and to show respect for the environment).

For other interesting ideas on sustainability check out the links below:


Country Teaching

Our client in the North West of WA requires an experienced Year 3 teacher with a proven ability to teach Religious Education for the whole of term 4. 

Accommodation and relocation is included. 

If you are interested in this position, then please do not hesitate - contact Wendy for further information on 9409 1094 or email:

Check out the job vacancy page on our website too.