A les­son in ex­cel­lence


Melville Times - - News -

TWO Melville teach­ers have been recog­nised as among Aus­tralia’s best af­ter pick­ing up ASG Na­tional Ex­cel­lence in Teach­ing Awards in Mel­bourne ear­lier this month.

Yi­darra Catholic Pri­mary School early child­hood teacher Tracey Mars­den re­cently over­saw the suc­cess­ful merger of the school’s two kinder­garten classes.

Chil­dren now have ac­cess to a larger en­vi­ron­ment and work with six qual­i­fied mem­bers of staff, in­stead of three ed­u­ca­tors in each class.

Ms Mars­den has been in­stru­men­tal in de­vel­op­ing the school’s kinder­garten phi­los­o­phy of “learn­ing how to learn” through cul­ti­vat­ing the per­sonal, so­cial, emo­tional, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual di­men­sions of very young chil­dren through a holis­tic model of ed­u­ca­tion.

One ex­am­ple is open morn­ing tea time, where ev­ery stu­dent chooses when they would like to visit the ‘kindy cafe’, which is staffed by a teacher who en­gages with the kids to help de­velop their lan­guage skills in a so­cial and safe en­vi­ron­ment.

Melville Se­nior High School’s Guy Sta­ple­ton first made head­lines af­ter be­ing named WA sec­ondary school teacher of the year in 2015.

The in­no­va­tive sci­ence teacher is known for ex­tend­ing his cur­ricu­lum beyond the course re­quire­ments and go­ing over and above to make the ma­te­rial re­lat­able for his stu­dents.

He boasts an ex­ten­sive reper­toire of sci­ence-based rap songs and is a big ad­vo­cate of Con­nect, an on­line com­mu­nity learn­ing hub for gov­ern­ment schools in WA, which al­lows him to in­cor­po­rate dig­i­tal me­dia, in­clud­ing pod­casts, into the class­room.

Ms Mars­den and Mr Sta­ple­ton were both pre­sented with na­tional awards for lead­er­ship and devel­op­ment, se­lected among just 13 win­ners from more than 1350 nom­i­na­tions.

ASG chief ex­ec­u­tive John Vele­gri­nis said the award re­cip­i­ents had been nom­i­nated by their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties for mak­ing a gen­uine dif­fer­ence to ed­u­ca­tion.

Yi­darra Catholic Pri­mary School early child­hood teacher Tracey Mars­den.

Melville SHS sci­ence teacher Guy Sta­ple­ton.

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