Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall with Bingara Central School and Aurora College Year 11 student Nikita Frazer and Relieving Principal Jennifer Bird.
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has welcomed Bingara Central School Year 11 student Nikita Frazer to the State’s new virtual high school, Aurora College.
Mr Marshall was at Bingara Central School last week and caught up Nikita who commenced lessons earlier in the week together with 55 Year 7 students, continuing Xsel students and other Year 11 students in selected subjects across the state.
“The school will provide further opportunities for academically gifted students in rural and remote NSW and I’m delighted that in addition to Nikita, two Glen Innes High School Year 7 students also gained a placesin the virtual school,” Mr Marshall said.
“Warialda High School mathematics teacher Susan Leamon has also been engaged to work with students at the college.
“Aurora College increases the opportunities available to rural and remote students across country areas and it will continue to grow.
“The college will work in partnership with 49 rural and remote schools, where the students are physically based. Specialist teachers have been handpicked for Aurora College and come from a further 30 schools across the State.
“Students in rural and remote NSW will have access to our most experienced teachers, even if those teachers are based in the city.”
“Attending a selective school is an opportunity that until now has only been available for students in metropolitan areas and larger regional centres,” he said.
“Using the latest collaboration technology, we are addressing a major equity issue affecting talented students in regional areas – students who have previously been unable to access the subjects and resources they need.
Mr Marshall heard from Nikita, who said she was enjoying the blend of online learning through Aurora and face-to-face teaching at Bingara Central.
“Nikita is being supported by staff at Bingara Central and she is studying subjects that she may not have had the chance otherwise – it’s a great outcome for her learning and future success,” Mr Marshall said.
“Aurora College is one element of the NSW Government’s $80 million education package for rural and remote schools, announced in 2013. Other elements of the plan include $30 million to attract and retain quality teachers, and $4 million to strengthen early childhood education.”