Simone Forman’s passion for the Arts and Japanese has helped shape the teaching of these subjects at St Augustine’s College.
As a teacher of 15 years’ standing, she is teaching students from Years 6 to 12 in Dance, Drama, English and Japanese, ensuring they have access to a vibrant, engaging and rigorous curriculum.
Simone leads the Arts and Languages curriculum with a priority of preparing students for life-long learning with 21st century skills. She has led the development of high level relevant teaching programs in Drama and the Arts and more recently Japanese, designed to engage students and strengthen teaching practice.
In the last six months Simone has collaborated with her teaching team to rewrite all Middle and Senior Years Japanese units from Year 6 to Year 12. She has also encouraged a shift in drafting methods and process regarding feedback utilising flipped video feedback to communicate more effectively with students.
Simone has worked with staff to develop practical resources, such as language review sheets, grammar revision sheets, checklists, video revision and technology within the school, using OneNote and Teams.
“Over the past ten years her passion for The Arts and leading positive change within the community has been inspirational. Her involvement in coordinating events such as Arts Nights, Year 12 Excellence Nights, showcasing and promoting student work and achievements, finding opportunities where curriculum can link to our evolving cultural context through fetes and musicals, has been outstanding,” cultural coordinator, Emma Snook, said.
Simone’s knowledge of ATAR and ACARA is highly regarded by staff and her approachability helps her to instil confidence in her team. She has developed criteria sheets and templates to suit the new syllabus and has been innovative and set a new standard for where the school should be heading into the future.
“Simone continually strives to overcome any challenges, calling upon her team of staff to help solve problems. She understands and values the critical role her teaching teams play in a student’s success,” colleague, Marie Ferguson, said.
Congratulations Simone on your QCT Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award nomination.