Teach­ing grad­u­ates hon­oured at event

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - BEN WATERWORTH [email protected]

TWO cer­e­monies cel­e­brat­ing new teach­ing grad­u­ates in South­land were held yesterday as teach­ing num­bers in the re­gion were set for a boost.

The 27 South­land bach­e­lor of teach­ing grad­u­ates from the Univer­sity of Otago’s Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion were hon­oured dur­ing sep­a­rate cer­e­monies in both Bluff and In­ver­cargill.

South­land Cam­pus pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor Jill Paris said teach­ing num­bers in the re­gion would be boosted, sev­eral of the grad­u­ates hav­ing been of­fered teach­ing po­si­tions within South­land.

‘‘Aside from place­ments, they are al­ready mak­ing a huge im­pact in the sec­tor. Many have been busy do­ing daily re­liev­ing this term be­cause of the des­per­ate short­age of re­liev­ing teach­ers lo­cally.

‘‘For­mer South­land cam­pus grad­u­ates make up a large pro­por­tion of staff in lo­cal schools and early child­hood cen­tres, as most grad­u­ates choose to re­main in South­land.’’

Dono­van Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Peter Hop­wood said in ‘‘this hard­to­find­staff cli­mate’’ it was great to have lo­cal peo­ple train­ing in the re­gion who wanted to stay in South­land.

A long­term re­la­tion­ship be­tween the col­lege and Dono­van Pri­mary School had been ‘‘highly ben­e­fi­cial’’ he said.

Sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers were in at­ten­dance at the cer­e­monies and many spoke of their pride in see­ing their loved ones grad­u­ate.

Raiha Johnson, wife of grad­u­ate Kane Johnson, gave an emo­tional speech on see­ing her hus­band fi­nally achieve his dream of be­com­ing a teacher.

She ap­plauded her hus­band’s work ethic af­ter leav­ing his for­mer job be­hind to pur­sue teach­ing.

All 27 grad­u­ates will have their de­grees con­ferred at an of­fi­cial grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at the Univer­sity of Otago in Dunedin on De­cem­ber 15.

PHOTO: BEN WATERWORTH

New teacher . . . Bach­e­lor of teach­ing grad­u­ate Kane Johnson cel­e­brates the oc­ca­sion with his wife and fel­low teacher, Raiha, at a cer­e­mony at the Te Rau Aroha marae in Bluff.

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