Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall chatting with Glen Innes High School and Aurora College Year 7 students Jack Goldman, left, and Bailey De-Jiong late last week.
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has welcomed two of the region’s students to the State’s new virtual high school, Aurora College.
Mr Marshall was at Glen Innes High School late last week and caught up with Year 7 students Jack Goldman and Bailey De-Jiong who commenced their lessons earlier in the week together with 53 other students in the Year 7 selective stream, continuing Xsel students and Year 11 students in selected subjects.
“I’m delighted that in addition to Jack and Bailey a Year 11 student at Bingara Central School has also gained a placein the virtual school,” he 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.”
Mr Marshall said the school would provide further opportunities for academically gifted students in rural and remote NSW.
“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.
“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.”