Media release: Master of Teaching students run VCE revision day for Horsham College

17 Oct 2013

Teaching experts from the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education have returned to Horsham to help Year 12 students prepare for the upcoming VCE exams.

Following last year’s successful VCE revision day, staff and Master of Teaching students from the University will work closely with experienced Wimmera teachers to run workshops in a range of subject areas.

The revision day will be held at the Trade Training Centre at Horsham College. Students from Ararat Community College, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College, Kaniva Secondary College, Rainbow Secondary College and Murtoa Secondary College are also participating.

The initiative is the brainchild of lecturer Helen Kent, who has supported placements of Master of Teaching candidates with Wimmera schools for the last two years. She noticed local students didn’t have access to the same level of extra-curricular VCE revision support as city students.

“Revision support is so important for VCE students,” she said. “It not only helps to cement their knowledge, but also builds their confidence and shows them how to deal with stress and anxiety. I’m delighted we’re able to offer this day to local Wimmera students again this year, and hope we can continue to develop this partnership into the future.”

Ms Kent is expecting approximately 80 students at the revision day. She says the day will also benefit her Master of Teaching candidates, allowing them to participate in a true community of learners.

“Our Master of Teaching candidates have once again had a wonderful semester on placement in the Wimmera,” she said. “They have developed a sound understanding of the important role schools play in rural communities, and made some great friends along the way. The study day will be another opportunity for these beginning teachers to collaborate, develop their skills and learn from some excellent local teachers – including those from the Teach For Australia program.”

Ms Kent said she was delighted that several Master of Teaching graduates who completed placements in the Wimmera have returned as teachers. 

“It is such a thrill to see our students returning to the Wimmera to teach” says Ms Kent.  “It is wonderful to see the placements benefitting Wimmera schools, our teacher candidates and, most importantly, local secondary school students.”