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Dedicated teacher recognised

Carol Bishop 30 years w children

Early childhood teacher, Carol Bishop celebrated 30 years of service at the Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre this week. Carol’s dedication and commitment was recognised at an afternoon tea held in her honor, attended by colleagues both past and present, and of course, the children she cares for so expertly.

 Carol is pictured cutting the cake with the children looking on.

Source: Wattle Range Council


Local teachers recognised in state awards

by S Lowe 5 THE FM WattleRangeNow

Minister for Education and Child Development and Multicultural Affairs Minister Jennifer Rankine announced today that more than 70 teachers and staff have been recognised for the SA Public Teaching Awards. The 71 winners are now in the running to become a State winner and receive up to $20,000 to support their professional development.

Minister Rankine said that winners have been recognised for going ‘that extra step’ to encure students get the best education and support possible.

“This year the community sent in 1932 nominations to recognise their most dedicated and hardworking teachers, leaders and support staff in South Australia’s public schools and pre-schools,” said Ms Rankine.

Wattle Range Schools feature in three (3) categories with former headmaster of Newbery Park, Christopher Edmonds a winner in the School Leader of the Year category, Lisa Scott, Mount Burr Primary School – Primary School Teacher of the Year, and Anne Marie Matthews Early Years Teacher of the Year, Kangaroo Inn Area School.

Anne Marie Matthews spoke with 5THE FM and WattleRangeNow, saying that it was a great honour to receive this award. Ms Matthews has been at Kangaroo in School for 13 years and spoke highly of Headmaster  Peter Gillespie and the school community as a whole.

” It is an honour to receive this award but more so, I am happy for the school to have the  recognition. We are a small community and a small school and we know each student personally.  It is a wonderful environment to be in,” said Ms Matthews.

Vanita Hutchinson Naracoorte High School was awarded Secondary School Teacher of the Year, Denise Pettingill Mt Gambier High School – School Support Staff Member of the Year, and Naracoorte High School Doorways 2 Construction – Innovative Engagement with Business and the Community.

Winners in each of the seven categories will go on to contest of the state awards. State awards winners will be announced at a ceremony on Friday 4 October.

“I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck in the state awards,”said Minister Rankine.