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Pil­bara teacher in line for ac­co­lade

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

A first-year Roe­bourne Dis­trict High School teacher has made it to the short list for the Department of Ed­u­ca­tion’s WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards.

Sci­ence and maths sec­ondary school teacher Steven New is one of four fi­nal­ists for the department’s WA Be­gin­ning Teacher of the Year Award.

He ar­rived in Roe­bourne at the be­gin­ning of this year, fresh after fin­ish­ing his stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of West­ern Aus­tralia.

Prin­ci­pal David Paine said staff had nom­i­nated Mr New for the award for his pro­fes­sion­al­ism and com­mit­ment.

He said the new teacher had made an ef­fort to in­vest in the school and its stu­dents from the be­gin­ning of his ten­ure, even in­tro­duc­ing him­self to chil­dren by per­form­ing a song for them on his gui­tar.

He tar­geted stu­dents’ dif­fer­ent learn­ing needs in the class­room to make sure no one felt left be­hind.

“Steven’s been highly skilled in tak­ing the time to work with our staff and stu­dents to find out where the stu­dents are at in their maths and sci­ence skills, to find out where are the holes in their learn­ing and what they need to do to re­ally im­prove their out­comes,” he said.

“The tough­est skill to learn as a teacher is the abil­ity to ex­tend ev­ery sin­gle stu­dent in ev­ery les­son and he has gone to great lengths to do that.”

Mr Paine said it was the work of teach­ers such as Mr New that had seen the sec­ondary school at­ten­dance rate jump by about 15 per cent from Se­mes­ter 1 to Se­mes­ter 2 this year. “To go from be­ing a grad­u­ate to com­ing in, build­ing re­la­tion­ships, work­ing in a team and be­ing a con­tribut­ing mem­ber of the school and get­ting such a huge rise in stu­dent at­ten­dance is mas­sive,” he said.

“We’re so ex­cited for Steven and ... the suc­cess of him be­ing recog­nised is also the recog­ni­tion of our stu­dents, com­mu­nity and school as a whole.”

The WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards win­ners were due to be an­nounced on Mon­day.

Roe­bourne Dis­trict High School teacher Steven New is on the short list for the WA Be­gin­ning Teacher of the Year Award. Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

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