Dip Tchng, Higher Dip Tchng, Adv Dip Tchng, BTchng Lng
Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher award 2015
Thank you for visiting the Fairlie Primary School website and for taking the time to find out more about us. As Principal I am passionate about our young people and assisting them to reach their potential.
Education is first and foremost about student needs and creating an environment that provides all students with a very real opportunity to pursue their personal potential. For education to be at its most valuable it must be a holistic experience and allow young people to pursue personal interest across a range of contexts.
Central to this provision of a holistic experience is exposure to teaching based on best practice from teachers who are passionate about education and their students. Identifying student needs through recognition of prior learning, who they are and where they come from is fundamental. This will better facilitate the ability of teachers to differentiate their teaching to account for these identified needs and make the learning more meaningful for each and every student.
The connection that our teachers make with our students is the single greatest factor in determining whether many of our young people engage with learning in a way that as educators and parents we wish for them to do. As a parent and principal I want the same thing for my own children as I do for the students at Fairlie Primary School.
Fairlie Primary School offers opportunities for students across a variety of contexts. Teachers are willing to get involved in supporting co-curricular activities and create situations for more of these chance moments to occur. This may be an act of kindness, commenting on what they saw them doing at the school production, on the sports field or just out in the school grounds. This extends to noticing when a student appears to be struggling, and taking the time to talk to them quietly during class. These moments are critical in being able to bridge the gap. Our teachers are always looking to find the key to unlock each individual students potential.
I read recently that we can all remember key moments from our school days when a teacher did something that made the difference for us. As teachers we must always be thinking how we can make a difference for each individual student whose education we have been entrusted with. This will always be the case no matter what changes take place in education. The greater the changes in education the more I am convinced that the important things remain the same.
Students want well organised teachers who know how to deliver the curriculum and who support them in making the necessary connections to create effective learning. This process starts with teachers who care and continue to work with and for their students as they strive to reach their potential.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela