The Monash Virtual School initiative was developed during the COVID-19 pandemic which saw large scale moves to virtual teaching and learning. This rapid change to education challenged many teachers, students and parents. In addition, pre-service teachers from around the world found their professional experience opportunities disappearing.
In an attempt to support local schools and families and to provide our pre-service teachers with opportunities to complete their professional experience, the Faculty of Education began a pilot project with local schools in which professional educators, Monash academics and our pre-service teachers worked in teams to develop free, quality online classes for secondary school students. Since 2020, we have had 700 Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) students enrol in Physics and Chemistry revision classes covering a range of topics.
Thanks to the generous support of the Invergowrie Foundation, the Monash Virtual School is focused on supporting girls and young women studying STEM subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Information Technology, Mathematics, Psychology and Physics) as part of their VCE studies in 2022 and 2023.
As part of this initiative, we are proud to announce the appointment of Tara Mannix as the Manager of the Virtual School. Tara’s skill as an outstanding educator and manager provides the basis of a platform of female role models who are set to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals in Victoria. In addition to Tara’s outstanding leadership, content direction and pedagogical guidance is provided by a team of all female Chief Examiners of STEM subjects from within the Faculty of Education. Their combined leadership supports a team of female pre-service teachers who will be leading the revision sessions over the next 2 years.
If you are a parent, student or school teacher who would like to be involved with Monash Virtual School in 2022, please email the manager of the Monash Virtual School, Tara Mannix at: firstname.lastname@example.org