Cream of the teach­ing crop

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

FIVE UWA stu­dents re­cently won a share in $25,000 schol­ar­ships from Christ Church Gram­mar School (CCGS) Hale School.

Three stu­dents will in­tern at CCGS and two at Hale School af­ter win­ning $5000 schol­ar­ships from each of the schools.

Hale School prin­ci­pal Stu­art Meade said the school had a strong re­la­tion­ship with UWA’s Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion.

“We be­lieve it is im­por­tant to sup­port and en­cour­age stu­dents who are con­sid­er­ing teach­ing as their cho­sen pro­fes­sion,” Mr Meade said.

“We hope to give the stu­dents in­volved in the pro­gram a first- hand ex­pe­ri­ence in the pro­fes­sional learn­ing that is un­der­taken by teach­ers at the com­mence­ment of the year, as well as ex­pos­ing them to the ad­min­is­tra­tion re­quired at the com­mence­ment of a new school year.

“They sit in on classes in the first week of Term 1 when re­la­tion­ships are forged, ground and rules and stan­dards set and teach­ers es­tab­lish the tone of the class­room; these are ar­eas that are dif­fi­cult to learn in any other way.”

With a back­ground in cancer re­search, Ellen For­tini de­cided to pur­sue a ca­reer in teach­ing af­ter she saw stu­dents’ faces light up when she talked about her re­search.

Dr For­tini is in the sec­ond year of her Master of Teach­ing in sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion and a win­ner of the Hale School Schol­ar­ship.

“I love learn­ing. Be­ing in a ca­reer where I keep learn­ing new things is ex­cit­ing to me,” Dr For­tini said.

“Hale School’s ethos of striv­ing to give ev­ery boy an op­por­tu­nity to achieve is some­thing I hope to de­velop in my own teach­ing prac­tice.”

CCGS schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent Joanna Morrison Mayo is also com­plet­ing her Master of Teach­ing, in pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion.

“The schol­ar­ship is pro­vid­ing a bril­liant con­nec­tion be­tween univer­sity course work and class­room teach­ing over and above my pre­vi­ous practicum ex­pe­ri­ences,” Ms Morrison Mayo said.

Other schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents are Michael Ven­ter (Grad Dip in Ed­u­ca­tion), Sarah Scia­r­rone (Master of Teach­ing, sec­ondary) and JeikeMa­ree Coul­ter Nile (Master of Teach­ing, pri­mary).

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme d452765

Sarah Scia­r­rone, Joanna Morrison Mayo, Michael Ven­ter, Ellen For­tini and Jeike-Ma­ree Coul­ter-Nile.

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