New take on teach­ing lead­ers

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

I have been here for a num­ber of years and this is one of the best groups I have ever had

Melissa Vozic

CHI­FLEY Col­lege Shalvey is tak­ing gifted and tal­ented to the next level with its new en­ablers class.

In­tro­duced this year, the se­lec­tive class aims to mould stu­dents into young lead­ers.

The class is the brain­child of school prin­ci­pal Janet Hard­ing.

“The area doesn’t al­ways get a lot of pos­i­tive ac­co­lades,” Mrs Hard­ing said.

“We thought it would be great if we pulled kids to- gether who were spe­cial in their own way and see how far we can re­ally take them.

“We want these kids to be men­tors and lead­ers and go out and work with peo­ple such as Black­town Coun­cil and make a real dif­fer­ence.”

Mrs Hard­ing said teach­ers for the pro­gram were care­fully se­lected.

“Melissa Vozic re­ally thinks out­side the box as a teacher,” Mrs Hard­ing said. “She said straight away to me that we need very dif­fer­ence fur­ni­ture and a very dif­fer­ent lay­out for this to work.”

Mrs Vozic said that, with the class in its sec­ond month, she could not be hap­pier with how the stu­dents were re­spond­ing.

“I have been here for a num­ber of years and this is one of the best groups I have ever had,” she said.

“Es­sen­tially, what we are try­ing to achieve is group- and project-based learn­ing. The kids re­ally need to have ini­tia­tive.

“They are open to oth­ers’ opin­ions and re­ally take them on board and ac­tu­ally spend time lis­ten­ing to each other.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2017 en­ablers class can be sought through lo­cal pri­mary schools or by call­ing Chi­fley Col­lege on 9625 9920.

Melissa Vozic and Year 7 stu­dent Amuor Malou.

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