Maryborough’s Bec Leaman, Clive Beale and Sera-Lyn Terare celebrate earning their diplomas.
Maryborough’s Bec Leaman, Clive Beale and Sera-Lyn Terare celebrate earning their diplomas.

TAFE students earn diploma

EARNING a diploma is a special achievement for anybody – and it was no different for Maryborough’s Bec Leaman, Clive Beale and Sera-Lyn Terare.

The three hard-working students received their certificates at a ceremony held at the North Queensland Institute of TAFE.

Bec and Sera-Lyn received their Certificate IV while Clive received a Diploma of Education during the ceremony.

The students undertook their studies at the community-based Indigenous Teacher Education Unit at Maryborough High School. The unit, which was established in 2008, has also seen the graduation of seven other students.

All seven are now fully qualified teacher aides and some have even elected to continue their studies at James Cook University so they can eventually become primary school teachers.

Sera-Lyn, Bec and Clive were also part of the Remote Area Teacher Education Program, which is a combined initiative of Education Queensland, James Cook University and Cairns TAFE.

The program enables students to remain in their own communities while undertaking their studies – beneficial not only for the students but also for the communities.

Courses are offered online and Maryborough students also have the additional support of their teacher-co-ordinator Leigh Payne.

Ms Payne said she was extremely proud of the achievements of her students, all of whom had worked hard.

After earning his Diploma of Education, Clive will now be going on with his studies at James Cook University, where he is enrolled as a first-year student.

He will complete a Bachelor of Education and at the conclusion of his course he will be a fully qualified primary school teacher.

He has also been awarded a Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship worth $10,000 to help him meet course fees.

Presentation of the scholarship will be on February 24 at Parliament House in Brisbane.



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