Schools see ben­e­fit from in­tern­ships

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Five fi­nal-year Mur­doch Univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents are preparing to graduate af­ter a oneyear in­tern­ship at sec­ondary schools in the Pil­bara.

The in­tern­ships tar­get spe­cial­ity ar­eas, teach­ers of which have his­tor­i­cally been chal­leng­ing for Pil­bara schools to at­tract such as maths, science and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

Hay­ley Clarke was one of three po­si­tioned at Kar­ratha Se­nior High School as a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher.

Ms Clarke said her ex­pe­ri­ence had ex­ceeded expectations.

“The work­load can be hard with uni and teach­ing expectations, but you just have to be or­gan­ised and em­brace ev­ery op­por­tu­nity you have,” she said.

Ms Clarke has ac­cepted an of­fer to stay on as a teacher at KSHS for at least two more years.

“I was al­ready in the school, so it was an easy choice when I was of­fered the job, be­cause I know the kids, I know the pro­cesses and have awesome friends around the school al­ready,” she said.

“I’m al­ready pretty highly in­volved in the com­mu­nity, which has helped me with the in­tern­ship.

“I’d look to get more in­volved now I know I’m stay­ing here.”

KSHS prin­ci­pal Greg Kelly said the in­tern­ship pro­gram had al­lowed the school to put work­force man­age­ment plans in place a year ear­lier than usual.

“With 2016 be­ing the third year the school has been in­volved in this pro­gram, we are see­ing the enor­mous ben­e­fits of offering teach­ing po­si­tions to our in­terns, and them pass­ing on their pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences to oth­ers who are con­sid­er­ing work­ing in the Pil­bara,” he said.

“It’s cer­tainly been a great pro­gram to at­tract and re­tain teach­ers in the Pil­bara.”

Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said the in­tern­ships of­fered stu­dents a prac­ti­cal learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence which would leave them well pre­pared for a teach­ing ca­reer.

“High-qual­ity teach­ers play an im­por­tant role in shap­ing stu­dents’ ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing their pri­mary and sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

“Ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties is a key part of achiev­ing the Pil­bara Cities vi­sion.

“This pro­gram po­si­tions Pil­bara sec­ondary schools as ex­cel­lent learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments for stu­dent teach­ers, while also offering them a taste of the Pil­bara life­style.”

The pro­gram will con­tinue in 2016, with one in­tern each placed at Kar­ratha, Hed­land and New­man se­nior high schools.

The work­load can be hard with uni and teach­ing expectations, but you just have to be or­gan­ised and em­brace ev­ery op­por­tu­nity you have. Hay­ley Clarke

Pic­ture: Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion

Hay­ley Clarke, Aroha Haumaha, KSHS Prin­ci­pal Greg Kelly, Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill, Ryan Ansell and El­liot Li.

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