Mrs. Jennifer George

Our very own Jennifer George was recently selected to represent the Australian Independent Schools WA (AISWA) body on the Curriculum Advisory Committee for ATAR Mathematics. In this role, Mrs George will help shape the maths curriculum for students sitting WACE and be part of the team responsible for developing the next round of ATAR maths curriculum.

Mrs George applied for the role late last year, a process that include nomination from the Principal and submission of relevant prior work experience. “I was involved in curriculum advisory work in the UK, and I have over 20 years teaching experience, both of which were appealing to the committee,” she said.

The newly formed committee are yet to meet, but Mrs George understands that it will include representatives from other School bodies, such as the Catholic Education Office, as well as staff from universities and TAFE and industry representatives. “The goal of the committee is to look at the curriculum holistically. In developing the ATAR maths curriculum, we need to consider what students are learning in the lead up to WACE and what skills and knowledge they need for success in university courses and their future careers,” Mrs George said.

When reflecting on why the position, which will entail taking on extra work commitments, was appealing to her, Mrs George asserted that she is a naturally inquisitive person and likes to be an active, contributing member of the teaching profession, involved in producing content rather than a passive consumer. She is also excited about the opportunities the Committee will give her to network with other like-minded practitioners, and sense-check the teaching and learning environment at Carmel against other schools as well as centres of higher learning. She is also keen to learn more about technologies that are enabling learning so she can ensure the most appropriate tools are being implemented in her classroom at Carmel. Because of her role as a WACE examiner, this Committee membership gives Mrs George an opportunity to be engaged in both the design and assessment of the ATAR maths curriculum.

Of the appointment, Principal Mrs Lazar said “we are thrilled that Jennifer has been selected for this Committee. It is a testament to her skills, knowledge and expertise in this area, as well as her dedication to her professional practice.”

Mrs George’s appointment to the Committee is for three years and she is looking forward to the first kick-off meeting next month.