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Western Australia Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery

Top-Notch Teaching Graduates Snapped Up By Pilbara Schools

Victor P Taffa

  • 5 new specialist graduate teachers employed in Pilbara public secondary schools
  • Teachers to lead specialist classes in mathematics, science, music, health and physical education

Minister for Education Sue Ellery has lauded the appointment of 5 new specialist graduate teachers for Pilbara public secondary schools for the 2020 school year.

“Providing qualified specialist teachers to regional secondary schools is vitally important, and I’m sure these familiar faces will be warmly welcomed back by their school communities in Hedland and Karratha.” Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said.

“It’s clear that getting a taste of teaching in the Pilbara during their placements has given these teachers a great head start for their new education careers.”

3 newly qualified teachers have been employed at Karratha Senior High School, after they completed their final placements at the school as part of teaching studies at university.

Teachers are:

  • Madeline Dearle (mathematics),
  • Chiarene Cooper (music),
  • Mitchell McDonnell (science).

Almost 240 km away in South Hedland, 2 newly qualified teachers have been employed at Hedland Senior High School. The new graduates did their work placements at the school while completing their teaching qualifications.

Teachers are:

  • Constance McIntosh (health and physical education),
  • Courtney Junk (science).

“Both Constance and Courtney will be important members of our teaching team at Hedland Senior High school in 2020.” Hedland Senior High School Principal Bill Mann said.

Department of Education supports eligible pre-service teachers to do placements in country schools by providing a travel allowance and living subsidy.

“Attracting quality teachers to the Pilbara ensures that local students receive a quality education.” Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel said.

“It was great for our students and school community to have Chiarene, Madeline and Mitchell do placements at our school and enjoy it so much they are now returning as members of staff.” Karratha Senior High School Principal Mario Tufilli said.

Living subsidy ranges from $150 per week for undertaking a placement at a school in the Wheatbelt region, to $290 per week for undertaking a placement at a school in one of 38 remote communities.

Since 2014, 234 graduate teachers have been supported to do their practicum placement in a rural, regional or remote school and 82 % have gone on to apply for and be employed in regional public schools.


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