Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Education dedication honoured

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Two staff members at Blighty Public School have been recognised for 30 years of service to education.

School administra­tion manager Maree Hovenden and teacher Karen Conallin were among those honoured during a scaled down Education Week ceremony just before the NSW lockdown was introduced.

Also recognised at the ceremony were teacher Barb Webb, and Year 6 student Amber.

While Mrs Hovenden has managed the school office, she has seen generation­s of families graduate.

‘‘She brings local knowledge and a care for students,’’ said Blighty Public School’s principal Leanne Hedt.

‘‘Maree really embraces the value of being a jack of all trades, as all our teachers are in a small regional school.’’

In addition to her regular office duties, Mrs Hovenden provides technology support for students, administer­s first aid, and until last year looked after the school’s grounds.

Ms Conallin is a specialist teacher with students in Kindergart­en and Years 1 and 2, and if you count her experience in Melbourne her tenure in education extends well beyond the 30 years of service.

‘‘We haven’t had one student from these year groups in the lower band (of academic grading) in the last 10 years,’’ exuded Mrs Hedt.

‘‘As with all our teachers, Karen is constantly keen to keep learning and upskilling herself.’’

Mrs Hovenden and Ms Conallin’s combined 60 plus years of experience is an

amazing feat, especially as ‘‘they’re only 20 years old’’ Mrs Hedt joked.

Ms Webb teaches Years 3 to 6 and specialise­s in technology and robotics for all year levels.

She was acknowledg­ed for excellence in teaching.

‘‘She teaches robotics and coding to the children, and once a fortnight the whole school gathers together to practise coding their robot creations on the iPad,’’ Mrs Hedt said.

Mrs Webb often spearheads the adoption of new and emerging technology and was critical in the school’s adoption of Ninja Maths — an online program that makes maths more engaging for students.

She also establishe­d the school’s new synthetic phonics program — a new method of teaching reading skills that has been commended by researcher­s.

‘‘We are very blessed, and thankful, for her contributi­on,’’ Mrs Hedt said.

The school’s final awardee, Amber, was

recognised for producing ‘‘some incredible creative writing’’.

Amber was chosen to represent the school’s Year 5 and 6 students in a writing competitio­n, and is currently awaiting the results.

She also won first prize in the Finley Art Society’s photograph­y competitio­n.

‘‘She’s been excelling all round, and that has all come off the back of her love for writing,’’ Mrs Hedt said.

 ?? Been ?? Karen Conallin and Maree Hovenden have recognised for 30 years of service to education.
Been Karen Conallin and Maree Hovenden have recognised for 30 years of service to education.
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Year 6 student Amber has excelled in both creative writing and photograph­y this year.
 ??  ?? Barb Webb received an award to recognise excellence in teaching.
Barb Webb received an award to recognise excellence in teaching.

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