Meriden teacher recognised for excellence

4 May 2014

Meriden teacher, Mrs Clare Kinnane, was awarded the Dr Maurine Goldston-Morris Teachers’ Award for Excellence in April.

Presented by the Geography Teachers Association of NSW, the award recognises the high standard that Mrs Kinnane set for her students for their entries in the 2013 Arthur Phillip Fieldwork Competition.

Meriden’s Madeleine Roustas (Year 12 2013) placed first in the competition and Anna Geason and Krystina Mullally (Year 11 2013) placed equal third.

This was the first time that Meriden students had entered the competition and Mrs Kinnane was commended for the breadth and quality of the work that they submitted.

The competition emphasises fieldwork and the gathering of primary data as part of authentic research in Geography. Mrs Kinnane said that she encouraged the students to enter the competition to allow them to showcase their skills to a wider audience. “It also enabled them to test the standard of their work against their peers from other schools in NSW,” she said.

“I am passionate about Geography because I feel that it is a subject which broadens students’ perceptions of the world around them. Geography allows students to engage with the local, regional and global community and challenges them to think above and beyond their immediate surroundings,” Mrs Kinnane said.