Welcome to the Split Year 1 – 2 class at Cornerstone Christian College.
The College takes great pleasure in introducing class teacher, Miss Sarah Durell. Sarah has taught at Cornerstone for the past 5 years, and comes to us with an impressive array of qualifications. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Curtin University, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Education in Primary Teaching from Murdoch University. Sarah also completed Certificate IV in Ministry (Youth) from Tabor Bible College. Each of these uniquely qualifies her for her work at Cornerstone.
Sarah thoroughly enjoys the variety that each day holds within her classroom. She believes that each student in her care is completely unique and individual in both their academic capacity as well as in their method of absorbing content. Sarah is very creative and uses this to her student’s advantage. She ensures that the material she presents to her students is taught in a variety of ways. This has the advantage of providing each child with the opportunity to grasp and understand the material in a manner that engages with their style of learning. With the realities of her class containing two year groups of students, Sarah is very mindful of the specific needs and progression of knowledge that applies to each student. She works in collaboration with the Year 1 and Year 2 classes to ensure that there are parts of their academic program that are spent with their peers, which also aids in social development.
In this composite class, group work and collaborative learning is used in every lesson so that students can learn from one another and develop positive group work and social skills. In Sarah’s words; “We complete many hands on experiences in each subject area, and the more creative and interactive, the better!” Emphasis is placed upon the development of real life language and numeracy, involving whole class activities as well as small group and individual programs to cater for each student’s individual learning needs.
As with all year groups, the Year 1 – 2 class operates within the guidelines of the Curriculum Framework which identifies a number of outcomes which children should demonstrate. Additionally, all students can participate in extension work if deemed appropriate. Alternatively, the expertise of the Leaning Support Centre is available to assist individual students when necessary.
These year groups are foundational for the education of each child. Sarah focuses on cementing new concepts and building on a student’s early knowledge.
Sarah delights in the glimpses she sees everyday of a child’s personality, which can give a small picture of who they may grow to become in the coming years.
Sarah is passionate about her students reaching their personal best in their education and works hard to help deliver this outcome.