DOMINIC College is starting the 2016 school year on a high with the addition of a brand new “kinder bears” teacher, Michael Voss.
Mr Voss is not your average kindergarten teacher, holding both a University of Tasmania combined arts and law degree and a Master of Teaching.
In 2013, he was awarded a Partnerships in Teaching Excellence (PiTE) scholarship, before going on to teach full-time at Cygnet Primary School.
Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said Mr Voss’ appointment was a “great fit” for the college.
“Michael is an innovative teacher and every learning activity he runs has a quality purpose and quite complex learning intentions,” she said.
“He is a great role model for our students.”
At the end of last year, Mr Voss received the opportunity to be a guest in the school’s kindergarten orientation session.
During the session, new students and their parents practiced school routines and lessons, and had some “getting to know you” time.
“It was wonderful to have Michael join our kindergarten team together with Jade Hollick, who is an outstanding early years teacher,” Ms Gilligan said.
“They have been warmly welcomed by our kindergarten parents.”
Mr Voss said it was his passion for early childhood learning that encouraged him to seek out the opportunity at Dominic College.
“I started my teaching journey with some of the most incredibly talented and knowledgeable early childhood practitioners,” he said.
“From them, I have learned the importance of play-based learning, including practices rooted in Montessori education and the Reggio Emilia approach.”
Mr Voss said he was “thoroughly enjoying” his start to the year.
“I have such an energetic, kind-hearted, inquisitive and delightful group of students,” he said.
“Kindergarten is not only one of the most important years of schooling, it is also one of the most exciting.
“You get to see the little people grow in independence, learn to explore the world around them and make these incredible connections.
“But the thing I love most is their attitude towards learning – they give everything a try and soak up information like a sponge.
“I always find my face aching at the end of the day from smiling and laughing.”
Enrolment applications for Dominic College 2017 kindergarten are currently being processed.
For more information, visit the college website on www.dominic.tas.edu.au or contact the college registrar on telephone 6274 6010.