Colac school teacher wins national award

Trinity College Colac Indonesian language teacher Elana Cole has won a national award for her enthusiasm in promoting Indonesian studies.

Trinity College Colac Indonesian language teacher Elana Cole has won a national award for her enthusiasm in promoting Indonesian studies.

DEDICATION to raising the profile of Indonesian language and culture has earned a Trinity College Colac teacher a national award.

Indonesian language teacher Elana Cole has won 2014’s Australian Indonesian Language Teacher of the Year for her commitment to teaching the language and her enthusiasm in organising activities to develop student interest in the subject.

Deakin University’s Faculty of Arts and Education will present the award to Ms Cole on November 21 at a ceremony in Melbourne, and will include a return trip for two to Jakarta.

Ms Cole said she had been runner-up twice and was excited about winning the prestigious award.

“It is wonderful, it is a reflection of what the kids do for me, I am facilitator of the group, the most talented bunch of students, they are the ones that win it for me,” Ms Cole said.

“We win a lot of language competitions and are involved in a lot of partnerships including with Melbourne Zoo and sustainability groups, talking about deforestation in Indonesia,” she said.

“We have won a lot of resources and opportunities with native speakers.”

Ms Cole said learning Indonesian in a rural school provided challenges, and she organised opportunities for students to “explore extra-curricular activities” to help make their language studies relevant to them.

“It is not hard to get involved, it just takes some time and some weekends and some facilitation, but it’s good,” Ms Cole said.

“Indonesian is a priority language for the Australian Government, they are our neighbours,” she said.

“All this is, is opening doors for the kids, I just document things that they do, the kids here are right into it.”

Ms Cole said 2014 had been a “massive year” for her, after winning an Indonesian Independence Day scholarship program, which included a trip to Canberra to attend the commemoration of the 69th Indonesian Independence Day in August.

 

One Response to “Colac school teacher wins national award”

  1. Paul David Cross

    The Consequences of Colac High School and Colac College Amalgamation.

    Colac high school and Colac college (The “Tech”) merged as Colac secondary college from 2008.
    Student enrollments in 2005 were approx 600 for the Colac High School and approx 500 for the Tech- a combined total of approx 1,100.

    Student enrollments in 2013 for the Colac secondary college were 569, and these are the latest available figures.
    The fall in numbers has been constant and continuing.

    School staff members are directly linked to student enrollments.

    In 2005 the combined total “Full time equivalent” teaching and non teaching staff at the Colac high and the Colac tech was approx 115.

    In 2013, “Full time equivalent” teaching and non teaching staff at Colac secondary Collage was 60.8.

    This is approx 55 less (or half) in the 8 years since 2005.

    Trinity College now has higher student and staff numbers than the Colac Secondary College.

    Figures for trinity College in the same period 2005 to 2013 are:
    Student enrollments in 2005 were approx 500, and in 2013 were 776. (Approx 275 more but well short of the approx 530 less at Colac Secondary college.

    Reasons include: {More students on daily buses to secondary Schools in Geelong, also families with young children leaving Colac Otway Shire altogether in a blow to our local economy}

    Trinity College “Full time equivalent” teaching and non teaching staff in 2005 was approx 50, and in 2013 was 78.5.

    Approx 25 more but well short of the approx 55 less at the Colac Secondary College yet a further blow to our local economy.

    Was the Amalgamation a good Idea?

    Was the decision to build a Joint Use Library at this School a good Idea?

    Colac can do better than have one of the very worst performing Schools on the “My School” Website!

    Paul David Cross: President: CosWEcount! Inc.