Teach in Regional Tasmania

Teach in Regional Tasmania


(gentle guitar music) – A small community to me
is like a big family really. – This little school’s like
the heartbeat of our community. – The local’s are really welcoming, everyone’s excited to meet a new face. – Made to feel part of
the community very quickly and they have a really
good sense of belonging. (up beat guitar music) – You get to know your kids
on a more personal level. Your relationships are
much more meaningful. – The students are, they’re
just really genuine people. – We want a full experience of everything that comes of teaching to understand why kids
sometime act the way they do. Here you see it because the
community is just so close, and you know what is going on. – As a teacher you often
are sighted at the supermarket or walking down the street you’ll get a wave from
a bunch of students, and I find that really special. I really enjoy those moments, and I think they really make you feel that you’re really valued
within the town as a teacher. – I think the special thing
about teaching in Tasmania is that you know everyone. (laughs) You do, it’s a profession
where you’re all connected. Your state-wide professional learning days and you catch up with people that are working all across the state. – So, it’s great as an
early career teacher to come to such a supportive
school and community. I think it’s an amazing
start to a teaching career to have all this support in place. – There’s some fantastic
professional learning that the department offers. – We have what’s called the
Early Career Teacher Program, so they support us as early
career teachers giving us more skills and information
that we don’t get at uni, and you don’t really need until you’re actually in the classroom. – Tasmania’s education department
is incredibly supportive. We might be a remote school, but we’re not missing
any of the opportunities that our urban colleagues have. – People that are looking
for leadership opportunities, they are there in both
formal and informal ways. – It’s given me a chance to
try lots of different roles. – At my age, the opportunities
that I’ve gained, I don’t think I would
of got anywhere else. For ambitious people, Tasmania’s great. (upbeat guitar music) – The community’s really close. So experts are really happy
to come in and talk to you. – Sometimes in a big city, it feels surprisingly harder to access some of those real world
experiences and futures that you want your students
to be thinking about. – We have the four
seasons here in Tasmania. A beautiful climate despite what a lot of people probably think. – Every school in Tasmania has
access to natural environment so you can teach inquiry, and you can teach children
about how to be connected to their world by exposing them to it. – Teaching in Tasmania is about lifestyle. – If there’s footprints on the beach, it’s too crowded, go find a different one. – I love being able to go and have a surf. We’ve got everything that,
outdoorsy, at our doorstep. I love being to drive 10 minutes, and here I am in the middle of the bush, in the middle of
the(mumbles), in the winter. Go ski Ben Lomond. – There’s no traffic, there’s no problems with
getting your kids in childcare. All those pressures
that come with the city that people get used to and
they just think that’s normal. And when you’re not used
to that, that’s hell. And the benefits of country
living, they’re huge and especially when it
comes to family life. – We live next door. My commute to work is
what, 20 seconds walk? – I walk a little faster
so I’m 19 seconds. – Yeah, compared to Melbourne, we were commuting for half an hour so it’s a little bit different. – Moving to Tassie is really cool because 20 minutes in any direction and you’re in a totally
different environment. – First day when I arrive from the plane I saw the scenery in Tasmania and I actually loved it and stayed on for the next 13 years. – Tasmania, it’s so beautiful. I wouldn’t teach anywhere else. – Have you seen the view
out the front (laughs) of my classroom that
looks out to the ocean? So you couldn’t pick a more
scenic place to be teaching. – It’s a spectacular place to live and a spectacular place to work. (upbeat music fades)

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