The Sue Napier Scholarships in Education for 2012 were today presented to two University of Tasmania students who will carry on the late Bass Liberal MP’s love of teaching and learning.
The Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, congratulated the successful recipients, Master of Teaching student Leah Clements of Blackmans Bay and Bachelor of Education student Ruby Moore of Devonport.
“Both Leah and Ruby are outstanding recipients and I wish them all the very best in their future careers in Tasmanian education,” Mr McKim said.
“Teachers are the lifeblood of our education system, and I want Tasmanian children to be taught by caring, highly qualified and skilled teachers who engage all students in learning.
“We need to ensure we attract high-quality and motivated teachers to the profession who can help deliver the best outcomes for our students.
“That is why these scholarships are so important, and I am delighted that they support outstanding Tasmanian students to become outstanding Tasmanian teachers.”
Mr McKim said the scholarships are a fitting way to honour the late Sue Napier, who made a wonderful contribution to political life in Tasmania and was passionate about education.
The scholarships are available to students commencing Master of Teaching (up to two years, worth a total of $10,000) and Bachelor of Education (up to four years, worth a total of $16,000) degrees at the University of Tasmania.
UTAS Dean of Education, Professor Ian Hay, said the scholarships recognise the importance of education in Tasmania’s long-term future.
“The university is committed to a high-quality teacher education program that nurtures the next generation of teachers,” Prof Hay said.
“We welcome to the profession future teachers such as Ruby and Leah who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with young Tasmanians.”
Scholarship winner Ms Moore said she had a real passion for teaching.
“I have worked as a special needs teacher’s aide, a position I found extremely rewarding,” Ms Moore said.
Fellow winner Ms Clements said she had decided she wanted to be a primary school teacher when she was in high school.
“My own experience with various teachers has shown me the great and positive impact a single individual can have upon a child,” Ms Clements said.
“I strive to be an inspirational teacher and mentor.”
Photo: Left to right, Sue Napier Scholarship in Education recipients Leah Clements and Ruby Moore with the Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim.