I started my journey at A.B Paterson College as a Prep student in 1998 and graduated in 2010 as a Year 12 Senior Leader. During this time, I have seen the College grow and develop from small dirt paths, demountable classrooms and buildings to the amazing facilities we have today. During my student years at the College, I participated in a wide range of co-curricular activities such as choir, running and swimming club, creative crew for the various musicals, the Duke of Edinburgh programme and public speaking competitions. In my senior year, I was co-curricular captain for the Duke of Edinburgh and student co-ordinator for the Japanese and Origami lunchtime club.
In Year 10, I started volunteering at the A.B. Paterson Early Childhood Centre to gain experience working with young children before deciding to become a teacher. I originally planned on volunteering at the Centre for six months, not knowing it would lead to almost eight years of service! After finding a joy and passion for working with children, I decided to stay on as a volunteer whilst I completed the rest of my schooling years. I volunteered at the Centre during Years 10, 11 and 12, working after school and during school holidays supporting children to play, grow and develop. I graduated in November 2010 and in February 2011 I was employed at the College as an Educator for the Outside School Hours Care service. Whilst working for the Early Childhood Centre, I studied a Certificate III in Education Support, Certificate IV in Training and Education, as well as completed my Bachelor of Education – Primary. These qualifications have assisted me to enhance my knowledge and understanding of young children and their development.
In May 2014, I started working as a Learning Assistant (as well as OSHC assistant) providing assistance and support to various year groups within the Junior School. I worked as a Learning Assistant until July 2015 when I finished my teaching degree. Upon graduation, I was very fortunate to be offered a Year 4 teaching position at the College, which has taken me to my current role as a Junior School Teacher. I am very proud to be a part of the College and gain much satisfaction and joy in what I do. I am now currently studying my Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education.
One of my most vivid memories of my student years would be the significant role the teachers played in delivering high-quality education to my fellow cohort. I received invaluable support and guidance from various members of staff, which I still recall today. As a student I was constantly challenged and encouraged to reach my full potential.
What stands out the most is the positive feedback and encouragement I received from staff to reach my academic and personal goals. I was supported in my decision to become a teacher and the College community has helped me to achieve this goal. The unfailing support and guidance I received was overwhelming. This is what determined me to return to the College and teach. I am thrilled to now be working with such a great and supportive team. As a member of staff at the College, I want to help students feel that they belong and are welcome in our school, providing them with responsibilities through which they perceive themselves as contributing and making a difference to the College and the community.
I thoroughly enjoyed my schooling years here at the College. More so, I am thrilled to be working as a current staff member at A.B Paterson College and look forward to many more years to come. It really feels like I never left!