Student awarded scholarship for community engagement project
Final year Master of Teaching (Primary) student Caroline Egan has been awarded a $1500 Vincent Pallotti Scholarship. The scholarship will fund Caroline's "Year of Faith" mosaic mural project at St Joseph School in Chelsea, Victoria.
The mural will be the centrepiece of a new gardening area, which is to be installed at the School to assist them in embedding the principles of sustainability and caring for the natural environment into the curriculum. A series of mosaic workshops will be held to assist the students, staff, parents and wider parish community in creating the mural, which will serve as a reminder of the school community being one "Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the Faith" (Colossians 2:7).
As a stay at home mum to 5 children, Caroline returned to study in 2010 undertaking the Certificate III in Education Support at ACU's Melbourne campus. After being encouraged to consider further study by a lecturer, Caroline completed her Master of Teaching (Primary) and will start her first full-time teaching role, teaching years 5 and 6 at St Joseph's school in 2013.
Caroline took part in a number of volunteering opportunities whilst a student at ACU and developed positive connections with staff which has clearly had an impact on her determination to engage with the school community at St Joseph's.
"The nurturing, support and kindness shown to me at ACU is definitely something I will be taking into my own teaching values and pedagogy," she said. "I feel so privileged to be teaching."
For more information on the Vincent Pallotti Scholarship please visit the website.