Celebrating our Teachers: World Teacher’s Day 2018


Megan Kersten from St John Megan Kersten from St John’s Catholic Primary in Riverstone with her eager Stage 1 students

Celebrated annually, World Teachers’ Day is a wonderful opportunity to thank our teachers for making a positive difference to the lives of each individual student in the classroom, across the sports field and beyond.

Every day, more than 4,500 of our teachers work to empower over 42,000 young people throughout the Diocese of Parramatta, proudly educating the next generation of innovators, thinkers, leaders, and influencers.

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries in a bid to recognise the important role of teachers in our society. It was established in 1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), to commemorate the 1966 signing of its recommendation concerning the status of teachers.

To mark the event this year, students from CEDP schools decided to interview their teachers to learn more about their personal journey to becoming an educator while also gathering some key advice for students who are considering a career in teaching.

Students from St John’s Catholic Primary in Riverstone started their interview by asking their teacher Megan Kersten what advice she had for students who were considering a career in teaching.

She described the career choice as rewarding, encouraging those who are interested in a career as a teacher to “go for it”.

Megan with her Stage 1 students Megan described teaching as a ‘rewarding career,’ encouraging students who are interested in teaching to ‘go for it’.

“It’s a very rewarding career. There has not been a day yet where I’ve woken up and not wanted to come to school… [If you want to be a teacher], I’d say go for it,” she said.

Stephanie Cassar, Religious Education Coordinator at St Clare’s Catholic High School in Hassall Grove told her students that teaching is a lifelong journey: “As I’m teaching, I am always continuing to learn and I hope to ignite that same passion in my students,” Stephanie said. “It’s a lifelong journey of learning.

“God has a plan for every single person, and drawing people to the Lord is definitely a passion of mine. It is a privilege for me to be able to share the word of God [with my students].”

When students from Emmaus Catholic College in Kemps Creek asked their teacher Jake Webster why he decided to become a teacher, he reflected on his own experience with teachers at school.

VIDEO: Students from Emmaus Catholic College in Kemps Creek interviewed their teacher, Jake Webster, to find out more about his journey into teaching.

“I really enjoyed my teachers at school and I want to make a difference to my students in the same way that my teachers made a difference to me. Coming in and seeing my students grow is a massive accomplishment,” he said.

“You come in every morning, you have a different set of classes, a different set of students, and each student has an individual goal which you need to help them achieve.,”

Click here to watch more of the World Teacher's Day interviews with Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta staff..

Posted By Lachlan Andrews at 25/10/2018 12:24:38 PM

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