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Upper Primary

Welcome from Akash to the Upper Primary class

 

Akash Pett began teaching in the Upper Primary in early 2017.

While I have already met many of you I thought I would give you all a bit of a background on who I am . 

I grew up on Robb Rd Community at Lillian Rock and have always had a deep connection to the Northern Rivers and particularly the Nimbin area. I consider myself lucky to have been able to spend my formative years in this area and believe that the sense of community and the experiences and knowledge I gained growing up here have been invaluable in my later life.

Since leaving the area 15 years ago (although I have been back most years to recharge my batteries!) I have lived in many different places in Australia as well as working and studying in Chile, Spain, the UK and Mexico. During this time I was lucky enough to travel extensively in Latin America, Asia and Europe.

In 2010 I moved to Melbourne to study Anthropology and Advanced Spanish at La trobe University which furthered my interest in the issues of global politics, social justice and sustainability. My studies at La Trobe and in Mexico highlighted to me the importance of education in affecting social change and was a catalyst for my decision to become a teacher. Upon completing my undergraduate studies I completed a Masters of Teaching at the University of Melbourne before teaching at a small school in Coburg, Victoria.

When my wife and I decided to start a family of our own we made the decision to return to the area which nurtured us so well during our childhood in the hope of providing a similar environment for our son, Yoshi.

My teaching philosophy centres around respectful relationship building, inclusivity and fostering of curiosity. This philosophy is grounded in the belief that we are inextricably interconnected with our environment as well as the people we share it with. Therefore I believe that nurturing children's sense of place and helping them to develop a sense of stewardship for the Earth is an essential part of holistic education.

Additionally I believe it is vital that for future sustainability initiatives to be successful children must be equipped with an understanding of social justice issues and their place within a global society.

I look forward to getting to know the children, parents and wider community better, and to the learning adventures we will embark on!