Raymond Terrace Public School facilitating students to become confident thinkers

The Teachers and students are excited to be a part of the learning program.
The Teachers and students are excited to be a part of the learning program.


CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools has partnered with Year 5 Class (5BW) at Raymond Terrace Public to deliver science by The University of Newcastle laboratory research professionals.

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The project, facilitated by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) links STEM teachers with External Professional Partners in order to deliver a higher level of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in innovative classrooms.

Raymond Terrace Public School teacher Bernadette van de Wijgaart told News Of The Area, “This is an outstanding opportunity for educators to work together with external professional partners in delivering STEM opportunities to our students.”

“I do believe that I have a classroom full of potential scientists and coding mathematicians, well equipped for the challenges of the changing job market, which is more automated and requires “thinkers” prepared to solve 21st Century problems and design solutions.”

Scientist Natasha Egoroff works in a research laboratory at The University of Newcastle and through the program volunteers her own time to work with Raymond Terrace Public School students, at the same time upskilling teachers in delivering science curriculum, particularly experiments with confidence.

Natasha said, “I am a research assistant in molecular neurobiology at the university of Newcastle where I am looking at the immune systems role is schizophrenia development.”

Ms van de Wijgaart said, “At present, Ms Egoroff worked with our class on filtration experiments as we are studying solutions to PFAS continuations and the Human Water Cycle – how people locate, use, transport and dispose of water.”

“The kids were amazed to watch our scientist drink our school pond water…following filtration processes first!”

The CSIRO Program is free and offers teachers Webinars, support personal from CSIRO, competition opportunities, ‘catch-ups’ with professionals as well as connecting the ‘right scientist’ with the ‘right teacher’.

Ms van de Wijgaart concluded,”This is a true partnership and you have to be open to the amazing opportunity it presents and work as a team on delivering content to students.”


By Rachael VAUGHAN


The students are enjoying the projects they are working on.
The students are enjoying the projects they are working on.


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