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Education secretary offers Newcastle uni graduates ‘words of wisdom’

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The NSW Department of Education secretary has offered University of Newcastle (UoN) students some words of wisdom as they embark on their respective journeys.

Murat Dizdar, who delivered the keynote address to the latest cohort of education graduates on Thursday 13 July, encouraged them to “be the kind of teacher pupils will remember”.

“There are many people who inspired me to become an educator,” he said.

“In fact, I was incredibly fortunate to have several.

“Mr Griffiths, Ms Johanson, Mr Baker and Mr Sturm were social science teachers at Fort Street High School.

“They were dedicated, they were passionate, they were teachers who told me where to look but not what to see.

“When you go out into the workforce, I urge you all to be like that.”

NSW Department of Education secretary Murat Dizdar gives the occasional address to graduates.

For Charlotte Boulus, a career in public education offers opportunity and connection.

“I love being in an SSP because there are so many wonderful chances to integrate social skills and also be a friend as well,” said the first-year teacher at Metford’s Hunter River Community School, a School for Specific Purpose (SSP).

“It’s important to me to connect with my students.

“I’ve only got eight in my class.

“But, I have a school of 65 and I feel like I’ve got a real connection with every single person.”

Miss Boulus’ father, Adam, is the director, Educational Leadership, for the Windsor network, overseeing schools north-west of Sydney.

“Charlotte’s mother and I are so proud of her because we know she is someone who would be incredibly committed to making a difference to the lives of kids each and every day,” he said.

“For me, being part of public education is about providing tailored support and allowing kids to have quality outcomes no matter their background, their disability, their uniqueness.”

During his address, Mr Dizdar also spoke about the importance of lifelong learning, which resonated with Karen Brown, the director, Educational Leadership, for Lake Illawarra South.

She received her Master of Leadership and Management in Education, with Distinction, during the ceremony.

“It’s a lot of work, but worthwhile and adds to the depth of knowledge and experience and understanding in what I bring to the job each day,” Ms Brown said.

“It was a magical experience to have our secretary Murat Dizdar on stage, giving his address with a genuinely authentic account of his life experiences with education and also the knowledge and enthusiasm he brings to the role.”

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