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19 December 2017

A working mother of four, and a young man with a desire to make a difference in rural communities were among 38 QUT Faculty of Education students awarded for excellence at the 2017 STAR Awards in December.

Chelsea Rolfe is only one semester into her Master of Teaching (Early Childhood), but has already made an impact after being awarded the Penny Tripcony Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship.

“Penny Tripcony is from Minjerribah, which is also my own ancestry. So I’m really honoured that I have a scholarship in her name,” said Chelsea.

Chelsea Rolfe, Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) was awarded the Penny Tripcony Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship for 2017 by Professor Carol Nicoll, Executive Dean Faculty of Education.


Chelsea was awarded the scholarship for her high academic performance (with a 6.75 overall GPA to date), and being a strong and passionate role model to Indigenous students and her Education peers.

Currently a secondary school teacher, Chelsea decided to make the switch to early childhood so she could give back to her community.

“I found myself drawn to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kindy that my kids go to,” said Chelsea.

“This scholarship will help me give back and fulfil some of the obligations to my children’s kindy.”

Ryan Pitt, Bachelor of Education (Secondary) was presented the 2017 Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Award by Professor Carol Nicoll, Executive Dean Faculty of Education.


Ryan Pitt’s desire to teach in a rural or remote community sets him apart from many young Education students, and was one of the reasons he was presented the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Award.

Ryan completed his professional experience at Stanthorpe State High School, and has since secured a full-time teaching position at the school.

Ryan said that teaching in a rural or remote setting will give him the opportunity to challenge himself and make a direct community impact.

“You get to know the kids, teachers, and families – that’s where you can make a difference because you get the chance to build relationships,” said Ryan.

“I feel strongly towards rural and remote education because it will also allow me to develop as a teacher and educator. I want to continue to better myself, and get outside my comfort zone.”

On the eve of his graduation, Ryan was able to reflect on his time studying at QUT's Faculty of Education.

“We’ve been afforded so many opportunities, like going to Vietnam at the start of the year for a teaching and research trip. I would never have done that on my own.”

“I’ve been able to achieve so much in my four years. It’s been amazing.”

 

2017 STAR Award winners

University Medallist
Amanda Gallaher

Association of Women Educators Award for Girls’ Education
Rose Thrupp
Sponsor: Association of Women Educators

Australian College of Educators Award
Amanda Gallaher
Sponsor: Australian College of Educators

Australian Literacy Educators’ Association Award
Amanda Gallaher and Ashley Mitchell
Sponsor: Australian Literacy Educators’ Association

Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Award
Ryan Pitt
Sponsor: Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association

Jean Ferguson Memorial Award for Early Childhood Education
Marie White
Sponsor: Jean Ferguson Memorial Fund

Lil Gwyther Memorial Award
Jill Powell
Sponsors: Gwyther Family, ECTA, ECA, QTU

Masters High Achievement Award
Melissa Daniels
Kerri Anne Christopher, Wayne Fitzgerald, Suzanne Grissell, Karl Helbig, Johanna Kingsman, Helen McLennan, Linda Smith, Kylie Walls
Sponsor: QUT Faculty of Education

Penny Tripcony Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship
Chelsea Rolfe
Sponsor: QUT Faculty of Education

Point to Point Service Learning Award
Nicholas Bartlett
Sponsor: Point to Point Education

Primary English Teaching Association Australia Award
Lauren Giles
Sponsor: Primary English Teaching Association Australia

Queensland Guidance & Counselling Association Award
Karl Helbig, Melissa Loveday
Sponsor: Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association

RACQ Bank Award
Veronica Treasure
Sponsor: RACQ Bank

Research in Educational Leadership & Management Award
Nerida Spina
Sponsor: Australian Council for Education Leaders – Queensland

Research Pathway Graduand
Stephanie Jacobs, Kate Samios
Sponsor: QUT Faculty of Education

Sylvia Jones/SPELD Award
Travis Grainger
Sponsor: SPELD Queensland

Teachers Mutual Bank Teaching Excellence Award
Undergraduate: Sarah Francis
Postgraduate: Tanya Rai
Sponsor: Teachers Mutual Bank

Executive Dean’s Scholars Program
Sarah Daniel, Sarah Francis, Isabelle Franich, Georgia Hicks, Julieann Isaac, Lilianna Nind, Sarah Smith, Cindy Strydom, Georgia Tipton, Veronica Treasure, Shonah Wraith
Sponsor: QUT Faculty of Education

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