Scholarships for Pre-Service Teachers
Cairns Catholic Education has partnered with Australian Catholic University and James Cook University to attract pre-service teachers to the Cairns Diocese.
A scholarship is available to ACU and JCU students that includes supporting them with accommodation assistance and living expenses while in far northern Catholic schools for the duration of their Practicum. Students receive $1,000 in their 4th year, placement in a Catholic school, and four Professional Development sessions throughout the year.
Cordial House, a property owned by the Cairns Diocese in Parramatta Park last, accommodates the pre-service teachers coming to Cairns.
Initiated in 2016 with ACU and then expanded to include JCU, the scholarship initiative is part of Cairns Catholic Education’s commitment to attract, develop and retain graduate teachers at schools in the region.
Cairns Catholic Education aims to attract and support graduate teachers; valuing the fresh ideas and ways of doing things that they bring.
For further information on the graduate program, contact Director Leadership and Professional Learning, Vicki Bell by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Hear from Catholic Education leadership and graduates:“Every school changes with its people, its students and its staff, so having a full range of community profiles from experienced people to new graduates is a healthy mix that Cairns Catholic Education wants to have in each of its schools. Graduate teachers are immediately made to feel part of their school communities. From a welcome Mass to professional development and mentor programs, schools are encouraging the support and inclusion of new teachers. This includes Catholic Education Services giving back to schools increased resources to support graduate teachers in their first and second years of their teaching career. Schools are supported by CES in developing job-embedded professional learning practices to mentor and coach their graduate teachers.”
Bill Dixon – Executive Director, Catholic Education Services
“Having graduate teachers is the only way for a school to grow, and every teacher has to have a start somewhere. They’re enthusiastic, they bring fresh ideas and exuberance and they work hard. I always take graduate teachers every year that I can.”
Liam Kenny – Principal, Good Counsel Primary School, Innisfail
“They bring a freshness and openness to learning. They bring with them energy and enthusiasm for teaching and for students. We happily take graduates. The last three we had have been extremely high-performing, highly-effective teachers. We’re really pleased with what they contribute to the school.”
Gavin Rick – Principal, St Joseph’s School, Cairns
“I moved from Townsville to take my first teaching job. I choose to come to St Teresa’s because I wanted to start my teaching career in a small community where I could get to know my students better. Catholic Education was able to source my accommodation for me, which is near the school and is extremely convenient for me. Everyone has been so welcoming and has made me feel like a part of the family. I love the community feel of this school that makes every single student feel valued and appreciated.”
Kiralee Phelps – Graduate Teacher