Student becomes master

Rosie Langdale, the first foundation class alumni to be hired at Shenton College, with her former teacher and head of ATP Chris Hill. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d425951
Rosie Langdale, the first foundation class alumni to be hired at Shenton College, with her former teacher and head of ATP Chris Hill. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d425951

The 26-year-old former Academic Talent Program (ATP) student will make history next year as the school’s first alumni to secure a fulltime teaching position.

Head of ATP Chris Hill said Ms Langdale’s appointment as an English teacher was a ‘tremendously affirming’ and defining moment for Shenton College.

‘Having Rosie return to the school, particularly for those like me who actually taught her, underlines all the positives about teaching as a profession,’ Mr Hill said.

‘Rosie was always near the top of her classes, not only because she was really talented, but because she worked hard and wanted to succeed.

‘Now she wants to consolidate her career and do great things, which makes her a perfect fit for Shenton College. We have great expectations and so does she.’

Ms Langdale, who was one of the first Year 8 foundation students when the school opened in 2001, said she felt as though everything had come full circle.

‘There is a strong motivation to come back and give back to the community that has given so much to me,’ she said.

‘I’m returning to where it all started, where my love of education was built, and I hope to instil that same passion in my students.

‘It’s certainly gratifying and confirmation that I have evolved as a professional. I know they are genuine when they say Shenton College ‘is more than marks’ and ‘it’s learning for life’ because I’ve been a student here. I know it’s the truth.’

Mr Hill said Ms Langdale was among at least 21 new staff joining the school in 2015, mainly because of its middle school extension into Year 7.