New take on teaching leaders
I have been here for a number of years and this is one of the best groups I have ever had
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.