DURING this school term, Chatham Public School has four prac teachers completing their internship.
Taryn Dixon, from the Port Macquarie Campus of Newcastle University, is on class KW. Sarah Standing, Erica Maclean and Kate Sciacca are all from Armidale University and are on classes 4/5A, K/1T and 5M respectively.
All four prac teachers are gaining valuable experience from the placement and three have also been given "Community Projects" to complete.
Whilst Miss Standing is at Chatham Public School, she will be composing a cookbook called "Deadly Dishes" that will predominantly focus on healthy eating for aboriginal children. The cookbook will coincide with the school's brand new kitchen and be a resource that will be left in the school ideally for many years to come as the school will be presented with a class set. The wider community will then have a chance to taste the delicious tucker with a "good old feast" for students, parents and teachers. It will be a highly relevant resource which will allow students to be educated in the important life skill of cooking and they will have the knowledge and ability to cater to their own dietary needs.
Miss Maclean will be creating and producing a teaching resource that can be used when learning about the Gathang language.
It will be targeted at Early Stage One and Stage One in the form of a book about native Australian animals and incorporates artwork from kindergarten and year one classes.
This book will provide the school with a resource to revitalise the local Biripi people's Aboriginal language. The school will be presented with a "big book" version for group reading along with a set of individual readers. An audio of the reading will be included that is interactive with classroom Smartboards enabling correct pronunciation of the Gathang language. Towards the end of this term, there will be an official reading and presentation to the school's library where all of the community are welcome to attend.
Miss Sciacca's community project has a focus on keeping kids active, fit and well. The traditionally indigenous games kit provides sporting equipment for 13 games created and played by Aboriginal people.
The kit and its resources provide a history and explanation of each game to encourage students to become interested and active in playing these games, whilst learning a part of the Aboriginal culture.
Miss Dixon is enjoying her internship studies at the Port Macquarie campus of Newcastle University and hopes to utilise her PDHPE discipline depth study to assist in the coaching of the school's sporting sides.