Two outstanding Fintona teachers, Ruth McKinnon and Cathy Devlyn, were thrilled to join around 150 other Science and Mathematics educators for a reception in the drawing room at Government House this week.
In her speech, Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria, expressed the importance of STEM education. She was keen to acknowledge the work of teachers in igniting the passion for learning and preparing our children for careers in Mathematics and Science.
“In a room of science and maths teachers, we are amongst some of the most influential people when it comes to Victoria’s future. Thank you,” said the Governor.
Cathy said, “Ruth and I received a mysterious gold-embossed invitation to a reception hosted by the Governor of Victoria at Government House. We wondered, Why us? How did they get our names? Why were we chosen?” We think we know the answer – because of their 30+ years each of science/mathematics teaching, their leadership and passion for teaching their students. Ruth is our Head of Learning, Teaching and Development and Cathy is Fintona’s Mathematics Co-ordinator.
Ruth said, “It was great to be part of the evening celebrating Science and Maths educators with plenty of optimism and excitement about the future of STEM learning.”
The reception was a timely prologue for the launch of Fintona STEM week (5-9 August) with an array of activities, excursions, workshops and guest speakers planned to tempt our students beyond the classroom and into the future.
Congratulations to both Cathy and Ruth – as we say at Fintona, our teachers are one of our greatest assets.