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Ex-student  returns for teacher placement  Sarah Whitworth  OBS 072215

 

 

 

Rarely do students have the chance to see their school from the teacher’s perspective. However, for ex-Portland Secondary College student Sarah Whitworth, the opportunity to learn the craft from the very people who educated her has been grabbed with two hands.Currently studying a double degree in Arts and Education at LaTrobe University, the third-year student will spend three weeks learning as much as she can from new colleagues. "I’ve enjoyed coming back to my old school. I’m learning a lot from my old teachers. I am enjoying seeing things from a different perspective."Working alongside the likes of experienced teachers such as Jill Perkins, as well as the younger teachers like Tom Cain, has given Miss Whitworth insight on working in a government school."My last placement was at Parade College in Bundarra, which is a large, private all-boy school. To go from there to Portland Secondary College is very different."Miss Whitworth noted that knowing her way around the school made the transition from ex-student to student-teacher a lot easier too."It’s been really good to come back because you get a better understanding of what you may have been like as a student," she said. Assistant Principal Jo Logan said it is always an honour to have past students back at the school, especially in a teaching capacity."It’s great to have her back. It’s always good to have old students back and see things from the other side.

Hopefully, we can entice a few of them to come back and teach here too."A graduate of the Future Leaders of Industry program, Miss Whitworth was awarded the Helen Handbury Leadership Award in 2011 and was awarded $5000 of funding towards an international trip to experience community development in another culture.Upon completing the second semester, she plans on visiting Nepal to undertake six weeks of volunteer teaching with Global Vision International."I chose Nepal for a few reasons. After everything that had happened this year, they need all of the volunteers and tourism that they can get. "Upon coming back from the once-in-a-lifetime trip, Miss Whitworth plans on completing her final placement at an Indigenous school, possibly in the Kimberly region of Western Australia. 

 

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Photo courtesy of The Portland Observer.