FIVE UWA students recently won a share in $25,000 scholarships from Christ Church Grammar School (CCGS) and 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 one when relationships are forged, ground 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 within 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.
“I am incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to work closely with CCGS staff and students over a sustained period of time and to be immersed into an environment that is renowned for high quality teaching and learning and the pursuit of excellence.”
Other scholarship recipients are Michael Venter (Graduate Diploma in Education), Sarah Sciarrone (Master of Teaching, secondary) and Jeike-Maree Coulter Nile (Master of Teaching, primary).