So, it's back to school tomorrow after our first 2 week Easter break (in QLD). And I have to say it's been GREAT to have the 2 weeks rather than 1. Yeah, yeah I know everyone thinks we already get too many holidays, but when you work with children you see them get tired. After 10 weeks (the average term) they are really flagging and they need that time off to regroup (and for a lot of them to catch up on sleep - seriously!!). I worked in several jobs before I became a teacher and I can honestly say it's not necessarily the most stressful job (in terms of time pressure or even workload) but I really believe we are influenced by the energy of others. And when you have a class of 25-30 kids your energy is seriously drained by the end of a day. I would definitely say it is the most intense job I've ever had. Something you just don't understand until you are actually in a classroom in charge of 25-30 kids five days a week, 40 weeks a year. Here's the thing as well - holidays are part of the job. If you're that intent of wanting 12 weeks holidays a year then become a teacher!