Rundle College announced the appointment of Dr Stuart Colesky as Principal effective 1st February 2016.
Dr Colesky started his teaching career in South Africa and in 2001 he decided to embark on an international career in education. After serving a stint as Deputy Head of The Oxford Academy in the Middle East he was appointed Head Teacher in 2006, a position that he held for 3 years.
In 2009, he was appointed as Management Advisor at GEMS Education, the largest independent educational group in the world. His duties included, amongst a host of responsibilities, the advancement and delivery of professional development to senior school management through a systematic coaching and mentoring programme.
In 2010 Dr Colesky was promoted to the position of Deputy Director for the Public Private Partnership program for GEMS Education and in 2012 he was appointed to the position of Senior Manager at GEMS Education.
Dr Colesky graduated with a Bachelor in Primary Education at UNISA in 1987.
He completed his Masters at the London Teacher Training College in association with St. Clements University (2001/2003) and finally his Doctorate in Education in 2012.
He brings a wealth of experience in Cambridge International Education. During his international career he has also taught and been extensively exposed to the International Baccalaureate and American Education systems.
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Environmental Management Textbook
Teachers Mrs Tana Scott and Principal Dr Stuart Colesky are in the process of writing an Environmental Management textbook for #Cambridge AS level. Currently there is no textbook for this subject and they are nearing completion of their first draft. We wish them well in the exciting venture.
Cambridge Examination Markers
Cambridge Assessment International Education is growing. Currently there are more than 10,000 schools in over 160 countries who follow Cambridge examinations. Rundle College is excited to announce that in addition to their current roles as teachers, a number of our staff have recently been approved as Cambridge Examination markers. As an examination marker for Cambridge International, the institution expects candidates to be committed and passionate individuals who share Cambridge values and believe in the importance of high quality education.
The following teachers have received notification from Cambridge that they are now approved Examination Markers; Ms Tana Scott - Environmental Management (IGCSE), Mrs Sharon Puttick - Accounting (IGCSE) and Ms Delia Gevers - Business (IGCSE).
Being involved in examination marking for Cambridge is a huge benefit to a teacher in that they are highly regarded by #Cambridge and the school. In addition, they are able to guide and steer students when preparing for these challenging external examinations. Rundle College wishes them well in this exciting venture.
Mrs Puttick Approached by Cambridge University Press to Write Textbook
Rundle College is proud to announce that Mrs Sharon Puttick has recently been approached by Cambridge University Press to write a textbook, AS and A-level Accounting Workbook. This is a major accomplishment and we are extremely proud of her. Mrs Puttick is currently working on this publication which will become a prescribed textbook by Cambridge for this subject.
Ms Megan Bester
Senior English teacher, Megan Bester, has recently obtained her PGCE Diploma in Senior Phase and FET Education. We are exceptionally proud of her and her efforts as she graduated Cum Laude. Megan came to Rundle College already having a Bachelor's Degree in English and Psychology, as well as an Honours Degree in Psychology, and now adds her Post Graduate Certificate in Education to this collection. She is passionate about teaching and, particularly, about teaching English and we are fortunate to have her to guide our senior students towards their CAIE English examinations.
Master of Arts in Education - Independent Distance Learning through Sunderland University Ms Tana Scott
December 01, 2020
Tana Scott, the Environmental Management and Geography teacher at Rundle College recently completed her Master of the Arts in Education (M. Ed), with a distinction, through Sunderland University in the UK as a distance learning student.
The course is delivered by the university to ensure flexibility for the learner and is made up of a number of modules that the student must complete in order to graduate. In addition to allowing flexible study hours for the student it also gives them the option of selecting modules that best fit their area of interest.
Tana embarked on this journey to broaden her understanding of why specific teaching techniques are so effective, to extend her ability to assist students across the learning spectrum, and to gain insight into international school curriculums and management. She chose to complete the following modules in order to best assist her growth as a teacher and school leader:
Development of learning: Learning limitations, how learning happens, the different types of learning and how to encourage the growth of different learning styles.
Assisting students with English as an additional or second language (ESL): How a teacher and an International school that has a diverse group of global students with different home languages can best assist student growth while studying in English.
Mentoring and Coaching: What mentoring and coaching is, how a mentor/coach works with both students and team members, and how to apply the appropriate skill to encourage growth.
Introduction to Criticality: How to think critically, use critical thinking in teaching and encourage critical thinking in the classroom.
The International Curriculum: What defines an international school and an international curriculum, understanding a curriculum, how to determine areas of concern within a curriculum, and ESL in international schools
Leading and managing in International Schools: School culture, values and ethics, barriers to communication and professional development in cross-cultural environments.
“When I started this journey two years ago I realised that it would be a challenge, however, I had no idea how challenging it was going to become. 2020 meant that not only was there the additional challenge of completing a masters while working and being a parent to three wonderful sons, I was also faced with having to do it while taking on the challenge of switching from an in-class teacher to an online teacher. Teachers in lock-down faced the monumental task of having to change teaching styles, learn how to use new technology and manage students from a distance. While at the same time having to prepare new materials, in a new way, in order to meet the needs of the students. Add trying to complete a three-year Master of Arts in two years into the mix was a stretch.”
“However, the masters itself was in many ways my saviour because, firstly, I understood online learning through personal experience. Secondly, the distance learning offered by Sunderland meant that I was able to communicate with teachers all over the world who were facing the same challenges, some of them six months ahead of ourselves, and they shared their hard-earned knowledge with the rest of the group. The degree, therefore, gave me an added, unexpected source of support that could be shared with the school. The university also had to switch to working from home so lecturers were under the same pressures as the distance-learning teachers, and their support was outstanding. Would I do it again? Not right now! But would I recommend it to anybody wanting to extend their horizons? Absolutely.”
“Thanks go to Sunderland University, Rundle College and the online Master student group for making this possible.” Tana Scott
Rundle College congratulates Tana on this outstanding achievement.
Ms Mia Basson
Rundle College Teacher Ms Mia Basson attended a Cambridge Training conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, over a 4 day period. She received IGCSE and A Level Biology training from Prof David Taylor, a master in the field. Specifically rolling out new training protocol in which the learner is presented with a problem and/or question and how to go about researching and discovering the solution and/or answer. Looking at practical, setting up and marking papers and furthering the questioning minds of our students. The conference is an annual event at Arundel School. Mia was blown away by the friendliness of everyone she met there.
“Here is a bunch of strangers thrown together for 4 days and from the start we are all friends, helping and supporting one another. I had an unforgettable time. Thank you Cambridge and each special individual who made my time one to always cherish.” – Mia Basson