National recognition for South West teachers

Ashwini SaseedaranSouth Western Times

Two teachers at Newton Moore Senior High School are finalists for national awards.

Head of science Lorraine Ellis is a finalist for the national Prime Minister’s award for secondary science teaching after introducing two specialist science programs for academically-talented students across the region.

“It is such a huge honour and achievement to get this far because it really puts our school on the map as a school of excellence and a school of choice,” Mrs Elllis said.

“We meet the needs of students by giving them opportunities to excel in sciences and prepare them better for university and beyond.

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“A lot of the work that I do and why I get recognition is because of the enthusiasm and participation of the students and the collaboration of learning areas say in maths and science.”

Head of mathematics Ashley Stewart is in the top 10 contenders for the national Choosemaths award for her work in engaging girls in mathematics.

“Science, technologies, engineering and math (STEM) careers are highly male-based so we are trying to get girls into these careers,” Mrs Stewart said.

“I am getting network professionals from related industries talking to the girls and getting them interested in STEM pathways.

“Without the help of staff though, teaching the STEM programs and modules within the classroom would not have been done. It’s a very collaborative effort.”

Newton Moore Senior High School’s national science week is on this week and will showcase specialist programs like STEM and the work and activities of students.

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