Men take up challenge at Northern Christian School

IT can be hard to find male primary school teachers but one school bucking the trend is Northern Christian School in Bridgewater.

School principal, Bethany Armstrong, said this year the school would have a record five male teachers.

“It’s great to have so many great male role models for the students at the school,” she said. “When we look for staff we are looking for the best candidates. It’s terrific so many men put their hand up to teach at Northern. We know in Australia there has been a decline in male primary school teachers in the past decade yet research has shown there are many benefits of having both male and female teachers for boys and girls.”

Male teachers at the Northern Christian School, from left, Luke Lamont, Samuel Whittle, Will Davis, Dean Prentice and Chris Banham.
Male teachers at the Northern Christian School, from left, Luke Lamont, Samuel Whittle, Will Davis, Dean Prentice and Chris Banham.

Kinder teacher, Samuel Whittle who has taught at Northern for 10 years, said teaching younger students was a privilege and a joy.

“Sometimes it can be hard to find the right people for the job and men can be reluctant to work in a primary school setting. I really enjoy my work at Northern and appreciate having the expertise and support of my fellow colleague teachers. We’re able to provide a safe, nurturing environment for our diverse range of students.”

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