School’s in for graduates

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
New Karratha Senior High School teachers Mitchell McDonnell and Madeline Dearle.
Camera IconNew Karratha Senior High School teachers Mitchell McDonnell and Madeline Dearle. Credit: Alexander Scott/Pilbara News/Alexander Scott/Pilbara News

Three specialist teachers have been snapped up by Karratha Senior High School after completing their final placements as part of a State Government measure to keep more university graduates in the regions.

Newly qualified mathematics teacher Madeline Dearle, science teacher Mitchell McDonnell (both pictured) and music teacher Chiarene Cooper began their careers at the start of this year.

The trio were among those around WA involved in the Country Practicum Program, with the State Government providing subsidies through placements to attract more people to rural areas.

Mr McDonnell said he was glad to be returning to the school as an employed teacher.

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“The school is actually one of the best schools because of all the mining — you get to do a lot of industry incursions too,” he said.

“It’s a great place.

“Everyone is really friendly and there is lots to see and do around town.”

Ms Dearle said doing her placement at the school last year made for a smooth transition into her teaching career.

“It’s made it really easy knowing everyone and being comfortable with the school,” she said.

“I have a lot of Year 7s and I just want them to make friends and enjoy their first year of high school.”

Karratha Senior High School principal Mario Tufilli said it was great the new teachers were returning as staff after their university placement.

“They each displayed a strong commitment to our school ethos and priorities,” he said.

“I am also pleased that they have embraced the idea of living and working in a regional Pilbara town.

“It’s a different experience to teaching in the city.”

Mr Tufilli said the school provided graduates with a comprehensive induction and ongoing mentoring program.

Member for Pilbara Kevin Michel said attracting quality teachers to the Pilbara ensured students received a quality education.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery encouraged emerging teachers to consider working in the regions.

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