The Southport School
The Arts is a key learning area that is especially important to the learning of children, and Kerrie Anderson’s passion and knowledge in the field of Visual Arts shows in her contribution to her students’ learning.
Before her tenure at The Southport School (TSS), Kerrie built an impressive portfolio, which includes stints at various secondary schools across Queensland, and at university teaching Art Education.
It is this valuable and varied experience across her twenty-five year career that allows her to be an effective and passionate teacher at her current school.
She is responsible for the curation and development of the school’s Arts program, keeping it in line with National Curriculum expectations, and meeting the needs of all learners in the school.
Kerrie links this program to real-world experiences such as visits to galleries and art exhibitions, and school visits by working visual artists.
In combination with differentiating learning experiences for all students, Kerrie allows them to realise their full artistic potential, and provides inspiration for them to be passionate in visual arts.
Deputy Head of Prepatory School Kathryn Barry says Kerrie is a passionate, enthusiastic and courageous teacher.
“She leads by example, clearly articulating her vision for providing an environment that ensures students are exposed to a range of expert and innovative arts practice in a very positive and enriching manner.”
Child wellbeing is another field Kerrie is passionate about, being a Master’s graduate in guidance and counselling.
Kerrie is able to intervene early when students experience extreme personal difficulties.
She strives to make every student at TSS feel safe and included.
This philosophy of wellbeing is extended to her participation in extra-curricular activities.
“She leads the school’s chess club and organisation of excursions, and was instrumental in the school’s excursion to the snowfields – guiding students who had not seen snow before”.
Kerrie is part of the Queensland Art Teachers’ Association and has been an active participant/presenter in the Primary Arts Network.
Congratulations Kerrie on your nomination.