Cardinal encourages Education students to be 'the best they can be'

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 12-3-2010

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

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“You are the key bearers of tradition and knowledge. Your vocation, as future teachers, is to pass this knowledge onto the next generation.” (His Eminence Cardinal George Pell, March 2010)

His Eminence Cardinal George Pell recently spoke to Education students at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus to emphasise how imperative their role as future teachers will become.

During the inaugural address the Cardinal reminded the students of the role they will have in shaping the futures of the children in their care and encouraged them to be the best teachers they can be.

“Your main focus is to know each child in your care and to work towards their development; you need to be intelligent and understanding and to have a personality that encourages your pupils to learn. You need to be 100% committed to your role as a teacher,” said Cardinal Pell.

Dean of Education, Associate Professor Mark Tannock, said Cardinal Pell’s address was important for the students’ understanding of what makes a great teacher.

“Beyond placing our School of Education and University in the context of the Catholic Church in Sydney and Australia, this was an opportunity for the students to hear from a leader with immense experience in teacher education."

First year Education student, Colm Mccaughm said he thought the Cardinal’s talk was a great insight into Catholic and non-Catholic education.

“The talk was very relevant as he spoke about raising the standard of Education in all schools and the need for good new teachers. He was challenging us to fulfill this need and I believe we are all ready to take that challenge.”

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