Hillcrest and Rivercrest Christian College teachers are demonstrating that learning is not only for the children. Recently four ‘Crest’ teachers were recognised for their completion of their Masters Degrees. The Head of Learning and Teaching for Crest Education, Mrs Maria Varlet, commented, “As adults it is important that we too engage in a cycle of continual development and that we model life-long learning to our students.”
These four teachers do not stand-alone, as there are a further twelve teachers currently studying for their Masters Degrees and another two their doctorates. To further understand the learning being undertaken by the teachers across both campuses, almost 30% of the teaching staff have or are currently completing a Master’s Degree and 4% have or are completing a Doctoral degree. These figures are staggering, particularly when you consider that in the general population only 0.1% of the population holds a PhD.
Crest Education staff are continually encouraged to further their studies and to formally develop expertise in areas which will in turn directly benefit students. “Having so many staff engaged in higher degree study enables us to conduct research and analysis of college practices and in turn contribute directly to school improvement,” noted Mrs Varlet. “Hillcrest and Rivercrest Christian Colleges are places of great learning for everyone – not just the students!”