Graham commenced with Cornerstone in 2010, but did complete his Professional Internship at the College in 2009. Graham holds a Bachelor of Forestry Science from Canterbury University in New Zealand and has taught horticulture at a TAFE level . Add to this his recent studies through Murdoch University to complete a Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) and the students at the College have the benefit of a competent educator.
Graham believes that Year 6 is a critical year where students must learn the fundamental skills they will need to cope in the secondary environment. He is committed to preparing his students for this major event.
He believes that his year group are the leaders in the primary area, and developing leadership skills, and growing in responsibility and maturity are necessary to succeed. Graham aims to give his students more and more responsibility in their learning, in making wise choices, and to develop in thinking for themselves.
Given Graham’s strong scientific background, he brings real life experience to the classroom and as such, provides very practical and visual learning methods. He aims to make his class a place that is interesting and fun and believes that engaging with the students, and the students engaging with the content of their lessons is important.
Graham’s priorities lie with enabling every student to reach their own personal academic potential. When asked about his teaching style, Graham said ”I place more emphasis on trying your best and developing as a person, rather than just the academic outcomes”.
As with all year groups, the Year 6 class operates within the guidelines of the Curriculum Framework which identifies a number of learning outcomes which children should demonstrate.
And what does Graham love most about his job? ”I love the friendly and supportive environment the College offers, I love learning new things, being close to home and being a part of our local community”.