NGS Super has granted six teachers a scholarship to the value of $5000, continuing the fund’s support for the Australian independent education sector.
The NSG Super scholarship awards continue to support the non-government education sector by giving members the chance to win a scholarship to embark on a professional development project, course or study tour of their choice.
This year NGS Super added a People’s Choice award category, which was voted for by the general public on NGS Supers Facebook page with over 1000 people voting.
Anthony Rodwell-Ball congratulated all the scholarship winners and applicants in the 2013 awards.
“This year’s winners showed an exceptional amount of enthusiasm and creativity in the work they are doing in their classrooms and in the projects they want to use the scholarship money for. It’s an honour to be able to support such great teachers and help to facilitate their professional development,” he said.
“The addition of the People’s Choice award was an idea sparked by the increasing engagement on our Facebook page. It was a great way to share the awards process with our members and allow then to show their support for their fellow teachers by voting for their favourite applicants.
”One of the six 2013 winners, Henrietta Miller of Killarney Heightsm, will use the funds to attend Ulearn14, a modern learning and teaching conference in New Zealand.
“The technology and social media landscape are constantly changing and I need to keep on top of the trends if I am to continue to use blogging in my classes.
“Students who blog spend extra time reading and writing without even realising it, and make connections all over the world, it has become a great tool for breaking down the walls of the classroom,” Ms Miller said.
“Over the course of one school year, one of my students had 8,500 visitors to her blog site from 52 countries – an incredible achievement for an 11 year old!”
“This scholarship will allow me to attend a conference to build my technical skills and also to visit a school in New Zealand that is at the forefront of using technology in its classrooms,” Ms Miller said.
Damon Cooper, from Central Coast Grammar School, received the People’s Choice award. He will use the scholarship to attend a six-day intensive program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, focused on strengthening teacher effectiveness and enhancing learning outcomes.
“The scholarship is allowing me to do something I’m really excited about and is not only going to help support my own professional practice, but give me the chance to share my learnings with other teachers,” Mr Cooper said.
Mr Cooper appreciated the community effort behind his Award. “I feel very grateful for winning this award, and it’s all thanks to our school and the wider community who got involved in the voting process. The support has been overwhelming.”
Other scholarship winners include:
- Helen Meyer, Mt Sinai College
- Rita Shepherd, St Dominic’s Priory College
- Lois O’Meara, Eltham College
- Janita Keating, Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria
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