Educator keen to learn from the world’s best

Churchill Fellowship recipient Val Furphy at Perth Modern School. Picture: Andrew Ritchie  d421988
Churchill Fellowship recipient Val Furphy at Perth Modern School. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d421988

Ms Furphy was chosen from a large number of applicants after a rigorous selection process, in recognition of her expertise in gifted education.

She will be investigating the cultural perspectives on sustainable, social and emotional strategies that can be implemented by secondary school teachers to support the mental health and wellness of gifted adolescents.

‘We need to look at what is culturally appropriate for each student, ‘ Ms Furphy said.

‘Here at Perth Modern, we have students from 30 different cultures.’

‘Teenage and youth mental health and wellness is such a priority. We want to be proactive not just reactive.

‘Research demonstrates the impact teachers have on students in a number of fields. Education plays a major part in ensuring the wellbeing and resilience of students.’

As part of her research, Ms Furphy will visit Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Slovenia and the United States.

‘I look forward to spending the six weeks overseas further deepening my understanding of the needs of gifted adolescents, researching world-best practice, meeting with educational innovators and bringing back this knowledge for the benefit of the gifted students at Perth Modern School,’ she said.

The fellowships, which are valued at an average of $22,000 each, provide the recipients with the opportunity to research their passions abroad and bring their findings back for the benefit of all Australians.