Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

    Regional schools benefit from innovative idea

    14/12/2011 12:00 AM
    • Kingston Primary School internship program attracting teachers to country schools
    • Graduates to join Kimberley, Pilbara and South-West schools in 2012
    Thirteen new teachers who just finished an intense final year of training in the classroom rather than at university will start careers in Western Australian schools next year.

    The teachers, who combined a year-long internship at Australind’s Kingston Primary School with their fourth year teaching studies through Edith Cowan University, will join schools in the Kimberley, Pilbara, South-West and outer metropolitan areas.

    Education Minister Liz Constable said the innovative internship program designed to place teachers in country schools had been running for three years and had already turned out 19 graduates, with this year’s group of 13 bringing the total to 32.

    “This program is producing high-quality graduate teachers who have solid experience in the classroom,” Dr Constable said.

    “The idea is that these teaching students discover what it is like to teach in a regional school and therefore are happier to take their first fulltime job in areas where there is a real need for talented teachers. 

    “We currently have Kingston internship graduates working in Bayulu, Roebourne, Kununurra, Derby, Wickham, Paraburdoo, Three Springs, Yerecoin and Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

    “This program means more high-quality teachers are working in regional and rural areas, where they can make a difference.”

    The 13 teachers will join the following schools in 2012:
    • Emma Kelly, Millars Well Primary School (Karratha)
    • Kiera Tate, Port Hedland Primary School
    • Tash Burke, Tom Price Primary School
    • Katie Clucas, Tom Price Primary School
    • Emma Papalia, Tom Price Primary School
    • Nicole Schrama, North Tom Price Primary School
    • Domenica Mott, North Tom Price Primary School
    • Fiona Howell, Paraburdoo Primary School
    • Zoe Jeffery, Paraburdooo Primary School
    • Tamra Quadrio, Paraburdoo Primary School
    • Lisa Harris, Bertram Primary School
    • Rebecca Fall, Roebuck Primary School (Broome)
    • Brittany Haithornthwaite, private school (Busselton).
           Fact File
    • Earlier this year, Kingston Primary School was the first Australian education institution to receive a $150,000 grant through the HP Catalyst Initiative - a global scheme to boost science, maths and technology education; and teacher training across the world
    • The school opened in 2009, and became an Independent Public School in 2010. The internship program has been running since the school opened
    • Participants agree to teach for one or two years in a rural school
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