Chloe heads back to school

Principal of Nimmitabel Public School, Melissa Day and university student Chloe Geach. Photo: Tina Zunic

Principal of Nimmitabel Public School, Melissa Day and university student Chloe Geach. Photo: Tina Zunic

LOCAL university student, Chloe Geach has just completed her eight-week student placement at Nimmitabel Public school.

Ms Geach is currently completing her primary education degree at the University of Canberra with a minor in inclusive education and applied for student placement at Nimmitabel Public earlier this year.

"I've really enjoyed my time here at Nimmitabel. It's been great and the staff are just so welcoming. It's been a great experience," she said.

"I've worked on various projects including the school play last term. It's a closer community than large schools and so the class I've been working with has nine students. The benefit is that you get more time with students compared to classes in a larger school.

"It's been a great opportunity to see how small schools operate with only a classroom of students in the whole school. It's completely different to the operations of a big school."

Ms Geach completed previous placements at schools in the ACT and was interested to learn the education differences between the states.

"There are different systems in ACT and NSW so it was great learning about that, but I'd prefer to teach in the NSW system only because it's what I've grown up with and am more comfortable with," Ms Geach said.

During the past four weeks, Ms Geach's placement has been focused around learning the techniques used in assessments including online resources.

"It's been great to apply what I've learnt at university. It's a bit like trial and error, but I've learnt many skills which I can now take with me and use in my own classroom."

Ms Geach was inspired to study teaching as her mother is the assistant principal of Cooma Public School.

She is currently commuting to Canberra two days a week to complete her third year of university with hopes of finishing in late 2015.

"After university I'd really like to get a full time job in primary school teaching, wherever that may lead me."

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