12 August 2014   | News | Whole School  
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Homebush Boys High School has established solid community partnerships with universities and supports teacher education programs/professional placements for practicum teachers from over 18 universities.  The school last year hosted over 45 teacher practicum placements and continues to do so this year.  The school this term took on a very special practicum placement.  Ms Siobhan Thomas arrived to us this term from Hong Kong.  She is currently studying via Deakin University, Victoria.

As Homebush Boys High School Head Teacher Teaching and Learning, I have had the pleasure of both organising and welcoming many practicum teachers that the school has hosted, from our association with over 18 universities.  I have had the delight of working with, and assisting many, with both professional learning/experiences and completion of mandatory practicum reports.  I acknowledge the efforts of all staff and university personnel in their continued involvement, supervision of practicum teachers and support of teacher education programs.  I welcome all practicum students to our school.

The school this term took on a very special practicum placement.  Ms Siobhan Thomas arrived to us this term from Hong Kong.  She is currently studying via Deakin University, Victoria, and decided to request her practicum placement in Sydney.  This is quite a combination, and we dearly welcome her to our school.  She is working with the LOTE and History Faculties, and our students for the subjects of Korean and History.

The school has also taken on Internship placements from the Australian Catholic University – CAPA and Computing Faculties and Sydney University – Mathematics Faculty.  The internship is conceived as a professional learning bridge between the ending of pre-service professional preparation and the first year of teaching.  It is an extended school based-placement in which Interns are expected to consolidate their knowledge and experience across all facets of the role of the teacher in the school.  It provides an opportunity to further develop skills in teaching and for Interns to be mentored in preparing themselves as thoroughly as possible for their early experiences of teaching. 

I am delighted on the positive comments that have been made by practicum teachers and supervisors.  Feedback is provided to both the school and universities on the vital place that their teaching experience has had in their professional development.  It is essential that such placements are offered.  Practicum teachers are required to attend placements at their allocated school consisting of specified days of lesson observations and actual teaching requirements. 

Thank you to the many staff for their continued support of Homebush Boys High School/university teacher education programs.  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.  The practicum teachers certainly benefit from your knowledge and expertise and we look forward to welcoming them into the teaching profession in the near future.