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Nigel BENTLEY

Year of Award: 1974 Award State: Tasmania Education > Primary
To study the "open-plan" structure of primary school education - USA, UK
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I was 34 and principal of Edith Creek District School on the far Northwest Coast when I applied for a Churchill Fellowship. Mine was for a 14-week study of the then current educational practices in California (five weeks) and the United Kingdom (nine weeks).

For quite some time we had been exploring more effective child-centred approaches to learning. Our school psychologist, Larry Monk, encouraged me to apply for the Churchill Fellowship.

Sir Stanley Burbury, then Governor, was chair of the selection committee and gave me great support and encouragement.

My Fellowship experience was the most amazing, life-changing, career-enhancing adventure. It created a personal responsibility to share my learnings and provide leadership to teachers and principals in the light that we teach CHILDREN, not subjects.

I was subsequently able to visit government, private and systemic school authorities throughout Australia to discuss new methods of education.

Churchill Fellowships – life changing experiences!           

Since retiring from the State Education Department in 1995 I have created a small vineyard at Orford. Now, between travel and winemaking, my life is wonderfully busy. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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