Carmel Science Teacher, Mrs. Anne Poustie, has recently been selected to sit on the Curriculum Advisory Committee for the Human Biology Course. Along with this role, she has also been selected for the Science Teachers Association of WA (STAWA) committee in charge of the Science Talent Search initiative. These two roles will enable Mrs. Poustie to both help shape the Human Biology curriculum and grow and develop the innovative Science Talent Program, which has been popular with Carmel students, encouraging some fantastic out-of-the-box thinking from those who have entered.

On the Curriculum Advisory Committee, Mrs. Poustie will be part of the team that reviews the human biology course. “I am looking forward to wrapping my head around the intricacies of the curriculum and having an active role in modernising the course. There are more current practices and topics, such as biotechnology, that we could start to integrate into the curriculum and I’m excited about having a voice in that process,” she said. Mrs. Poustie is also looking forward to using her knowledge and experience gained through participation on the committee to assist Carmel students with future career choices in the Sciences, and equipping them with the skills and expertise they will need, since the committee will include representatives from industry and professional Science organisations as well as teaching staff.

Membership of the STAWA committee that will run the Science Talent Search is another role that Mrs. Poustie is looking forward to this year. “We’re looking to roll the competition out across other year levels, including Kindergarten and Year 1, as well as attract more schools into the program which currently attracts around 300 students from 40 schools,” she said. The Science Talent Search committee will initially focus on the protocol, rules and processes of the competition, with a view to making it more inclusive and standardizing the selection processes and competition guidelines.

“What I like most about the Science Talent Search is that it is a hands-on competition that encourages students to think outside the box. It gives opportunities to a broad range of students, not only those who are the highest academic performers, because it enables students to deeply investigate a topic they are interested in, encouraging innovation, investigative techniques and engineering capabilities,” said Mrs. Poustie. Carmel School was proud to have 4 finalists in the 2018 competition, and in 2017 to have a student awarded the Young Scientist of the Year by STAWA.

Of the appointments, Principal Mrs. Lazar said, “We are thrilled that Anne has been selected for these roles. She is a dedicated and well-respected member of our teaching team and I’m so pleased she has put herself forward for these professional development opportunities that will not only bring benefit to her, but likewise to our students.”