Career-changers to help fill NSW's teacher shortage
09 Dec 2022
Jamie Sutanto is changing career to become a teacher as part of a program beginning in New South Wales.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)
Jamie Sutanto's already made one huge career change in his life, shifting from mechatronic engineering to work in a CGI studio after seven years.
"It kind of started the pathway to go, 'Maybe I can do animation, even though I've never done it before'," he said.
"I did so many roles in that company … it showed me that you can do more than you think you can do."
After spending another seven years there, he began thinking about what's next.
"What I really realised is that we all have a lot of possibility," he said.
"I think that kids today need to know that. Even if they don't think they can do certain things, they actually can do [them].
"They just need to put the effort [in] and actually try."
Mr Sutanto is a career-changer, and one of eight aspiring teachers being placed in Western Sydney schools next year.
It's part of a program by not-for-profit Teach For Australia (TFA) and the Catholic education dioceses of Parramatta and Bathurst.
Jamie Sutanto says his career path shows people can chase new goals.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)
Those in the program undertake a Master of Teaching, while working hands-on in a school.
Chemical engineering graduate, Yuqing Li, and desktop publisher, Josh Kelly, are also keen to get into the classroom from next year.
"I did some tutoring while I was studying at university," Ms Li said.
"What I really enjoyed was being able to interact with my students and help them achieve their potential and I thought I should be doing this for the rest of my life."
It's a model that's been used in other states and territories, but this is the first time in New South Wales.
Yuqing Li (right) is also looking forward to working in the classroom next year.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)
The state government recently announced up to 50 future TFA recruits will be working at government schools from 2024.
These future placements have been criticised by the NSW Teachers Federation, which says such schemes will not address the state's teacher shortage.
The teachers' union and the state government have been locked in an ongoing dispute over wages and working conditions as the parties negotiate a new enterprise agreement.
"The New South Wales government needs to stop the experiments and address the real factors causing teacher shortages: unsustainable workloads and uncompetitive salaries," union president Angelo Gavrielatos said.
"This is the only approach that will guarantee we can recruit and retain the teachers we need."
The Independent Education Union of Australia's NSW and ACT branch secretary, Mark Northam, said all young teachers should have the same wrap around support being offered as part of the TFA program.
He said the union would discuss with TFA how such measures could work on an industrial scale.
"The arrangements that Teach For Australia put in place provide a compelling argument as to why all initial teacher education students should have the same levels of support," Mr Northam said.
Delany College principal Shauna Nash said she welcomed the aspiring teachers, especially after she herself had to step into the classroom due to the teacher shortage.
"We're looking for new ways, obviously, to get teachers into the teaching profession," she said.
"You learn on the job, and it's a really good way for people who are well-qualified in their area to actually have an opportunity to come and work alongside teachers and really learn what the work is."
TFA chief executive Melodie Potts Rosevear said she felt career-changers could give "real world flavour" to the classroom.
"At a time when all schools are working so hard to secure the workforce their students need, we're glad for this opportunity to bring additional people to classrooms in New South Wales, to work alongside the dedicated teachers and principals already serving students," she said.
Facebook | Delany
12 Dec 2022Delany College is extremely proud of the first of many recreational clubs that have formed from the disruptive flames of COVID. Students in Stage 4 and 5 spend their Monday afternoons in extreme battles during their "Dungeons and Dragons" hour 🐉⚔️ Our two amazing teachers, Mr "Zappy" Zagas and Mr "Fabulous" Flack give up their time to guide the students through the game which is very much appreciated
07 Dec 2022Our Y12, 2023 student leaders represented Delany with Pride, Passion and Persistence 🅿️ at the Patrician Leaders Retreat. Some challenges were faced over the two and a half days, with some needing to step out of their comfort zones but in true Delany fashion our students were willing to rise to the occasion. A main goal for 2023 is to enhance unity, both within their leadership team and the entire school community. We look forward to seeing what they create... 👩🏽🎓👨🏽🎓
12 Dec 2022
Delany College is extremely proud of the first of many recreational clubs that have formed from the disruptive flames of COVID. Students in Stage 4 and 5 spend their Monday afternoons in extreme battles during their "Dungeons and Dragons" hour 🐉⚔️ Our two amazing teachers, Mr "Zappy" Zagas and Mr "Fabulous" Flack give up their time to guide the students through the game which is very much appreciated
09 Dec 2022
A program placing people who want to change careers is being employed in New South Wales from next year, in a move that's hoped will help with the state's teacher shortage.
07 Dec 2022
Our Y12, 2023 student leaders represented Delany with Pride, Passion and Persistence 🅿️ at the Patrician Leaders Retreat. Some challenges were faced over the two and a half days, with some needing to step out of their comfort zones but in true Delany fashion our students were willing to rise to the occasion. A main goal for 2023 is to enhance unity, both within their leadership team and the entire school community. We look forward to seeing what they create... 👩🏽🎓👨🏽🎓
28 Nov 2022
A brilliant night was had at our annual Creative Emergence and Design evening 🎭 🎨 where we showcased and celebrated the amazing works and talents of our students. A sincere thanks to all the families who joined us to celebrate the creativity of our CAPA & Tech students.
15 Nov 2022
A group of Y9 students were excited to take part in their first Western Sydney University Day at the Parramatta South campus. The theme was 'Rise to the Challenge' and, along with several other schools from the local area, students took part in activities that explored their multiple intelligences and problem solving skills. The highlight of the day was exploring the campus as part of a scavenger hunt! 🕵️🧩Students are excited for the next part of the program that will take place in Y10.
11 Nov 2022
As a community, Delany College commemorated Remembrance Day today to honour the memory of those gallant men and women who sacrificed their lives in service 🪦🕊️ Students joined in prayer and a minute's silence and created a display in the College Library to acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served and continue to serve 🪖🎖️
10 Nov 2022
Delany Drives to Provide Kaleah Wood of Year 12, 2023 brings the pride as Delany begins the St Vincent De Paul Christmas Hamper Drive 🎄📦🎄 For the past three years Kaleah and her Nan have kick started the Delany Christmas Hamper appeal 👏🏽😇🙏🏽 The Dynamic Duo reflect the College motto of Love, Serve and Hope as the nine bags of grocery items will support many of those on the margins 🛍️🥫
07 Nov 2022
We've really enjoyed hosting our local Catholic primary schools competing in the Delany Shield Debating Competition ⏳⏲️ Two more weeks and then the grand final 🎆 Which teams will make it? We wish all of them the best of luck!
18 Oct 2022
Everyone is supported, cared for and valued in the Delany community. We would be delighted to have you join our inclusive school. Visit us today. We are enrolling now for 2023.
12 Oct 2022
Today marks the beginning of the HSC examination period for over 70,000 students. We wish our 48 the very best of luck! We pray you remain calm and focussed, have confidence in knowledge and satisfaction of achieving your personal best ☘️🙏
16 Sep 2022
Delany students were invited to attend the Fast Forward Year 11 University Day at Western Sydney University, Liverpool Campus. Students participated in many activities which focused on: → Identification and application of essential transferable skills 💡 → Exploration of career possibilities tailored to personal skill strengths and interests 🏢🧑💼 → Developing students’ awareness of, and familiarity with, the university environment 🎓 The day ended with a creative RAP performance highlighting the positive impact of future study 📜 and pathways beyond school.
15 Sep 2022
It's a battlefield out there... when Mr Zagas' Y11 Modern History class creatively used classroom tables and nerf guns 🔫 on our field area to simulate charging a machine gun bunker in World War One's Western Front ⚔️💣
14 Sep 2022
“Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love” ~ Mother Teresa Our eager students were on a mission to serve the marginalised community by volunteering their time to feed the homeless 🚐. This included preparing sandwiches 🥪, joining in conversation 🗣️ and even singing the night away 🎤... all in the name of service. Simran, Chanel, Justina, Mia and Christina expressed it was a very rewarding and eye opening experience ❤️