2022 Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards
Last Friday two of our wonderful teachers were finalists at the Department of Education 2022 Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards. Mr Bunnett a finalist for Secondary Teacher of the Year and Ms Waters, a finalist for Vocational Education Trainer of the Year.
In what was a fantastic finish to World Teachers' Day, both Mr Bunnett and Ms Waters won their categories for the Darwin region and Mr Bunnett was also named the Northern Territory Secondary Educator of the Year for his ability to create strong bonds with his students at Darwin High and for giving them a safe and welcoming classroom in which they feel proud to be a part of.
A video of the Awards Ceremony is available on our Facebook page and Mr Bunnett puts into his own words why he loves teaching in the NT. https://youtu.be/kJCiSB3UutQ
Ms Waters was nominated for
Always being professional and caring in her role as Careers Practitioner and VET Coordinator at Darwin High. She always follows up with students and families and takes the time to counsel and inspire students about their potential. She also genuinely cares about the well-being of students.
Mr Bunnett was nominated for
Nurturing our creativity and challenging his students. From inviting professional actors with entirely new methods to pushing us out of our comfort zones with wacky warm-up exercises, there's never a dull moment in Mr. Bunnett's class.
Mr. Bunnett changes the lives of his students. He taught me self-confidence and how to give it my all. In Mr. Bunnett's classes, I always have support, and not just from him; the community that quickly forms in his classes has brought me some of my closest friends. From someone aimlessly stumbling through high school to an aspiring actor, I am one of the hundreds of students Mr. Bunnett has helped realise their full potential. Mark Bunnett's utmost goal in a classroom is to ensure that every student is achieving at their best level, while also ensuring that creativity is first and foremost.
Mr Bunnett strives for equality among his students and turns groups of shy high schoolers into an ensemble of confident, energetic and striving students working collaboratively. Mark cares for the requirements of individual students and offers support wherever he can. I personally have been inspired to pursue acting as a career after I graduate, thanks to having such a great drama teacher.
Mr Bunnett is a fantastic teacher. He knows his students, he understands them and he provides a safe, positive and inclusive atmosphere with high-quality learning experiences.He uses his knowledge of the curriculum, assessment requirements, the performing arts and student learning styles to adapt to suit the needs of his students.
Thank you, Ms Waters and Mr Bunnett for all that you do to support your students and our school.