With the school holidays coming up, one might have thought teachers would be taking a break too, but most North Otago teachers will be attending a professional development conference.
The Teaching and Learning Conference will be held at St Kevin’s College from Sunday, September 28 to Monday, September 29 with teachers from around Oamaru and Otago attending.
Conference convenor and Oamaru Intermediate School deputy principal Deidre Senior said the event is an affordable way for teachers in the area to get professional development as well as interacting with others in their profession.
“It’s also about strengthening that local connection.
“It’s something here in Oamaru for our teachers.”
Mrs Senior thought up the idea for the conference, which runs every two years, in 2007 after realising there was a need for it.
“There’s nothing else like this in Otago.”
The teachers who come to this conference will be able to use the holidays to reflect on what they learnt and implement some things into their classroom, Mrs Senior said.
There would be 170 people attending the conference, which will include teachers and trades people, who helped sponsor the event (and they will be having stalls during the two-day conference).
Teachers from Oamaru, Glenavy, Hampden and Omarama will be attending as well as forty teachers from other parts of Otago.
Mrs Senior started planning for the conference in October last year and there will be workshops, keynote speakers and a few social events.
By RUBY HARFIELD
PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD
HELPING OUT: Oamaru Intermediate School teacher aide Carmen Sim, also referred to as the “conference fairy” helps get everything ready for the event.