Teacher Brenton Gurney becomes Highly Accomplished
12 Nov 2015
Brenton Gurney receiving his certificate from Greg Whitby.
On Thursday 29 October 2015, St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas’ Brenton Gurney became accredited as Highly Accomplished through The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).
Brenton with his wife Nicole Gurney, mum Cheryl Gurney and niece Gemma Gurney.
Brenton, who is a Leader of Learning PDHPE, is the second teacher in the Diocese to become accredited at the Highly Accomplished Teacher level.
Highly Accomplished Teacher accreditation recognises highly-skilled teachers who routinely work to improve their practice and are knowledgeable and active members of their school.
Brenton giving his speech to the audience at St Patrick's Marist College, Dundas.
Applicants typically have taken on roles that guide or advise others and regularly initiate and engage in discussions about effective teaching to improve the educational outcomes for their students.
Brenton and Greg after the assembly.
Brenton said he felt becoming accredited as either Highly Accomplished or Lead was paving the way for the future.
‘I think it’s the future, it is a career stage based on the Professional Standards for Teachers,’ Brenton said. ‘Part of my inspiration was it was a unique qualification and I wanted to show the way within my school.’
John Gildea congratulating Brenton on becomign Highly Accomplished.
Vocational Education and Training Team Leader John Gildea said the importance of achieving Highly Accomplished teacher is twofold.
‘In the first instance it is recognition of the accomplished level of the teachers professional practice measured against a set of nationally consistent standards developed by teachers, for teachers,’ John said.
‘Secondly as more teachers aspire to and meet the standards at Highly Accomplished school communities will have teacher leaders we can be confident will support the development of high standards of learning and teaching and mentor colleagues in doing the same.’
Cheryl and Gemma enjoying morning tea with staff after the assembly.
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