Allegra School - From Classroom to Career: Tilly Campbell’s Path to Teaching

From Classroom to Career: Tilly Campbell’s Path to Teaching

At Allegra School Coffs Harbour we understand a little extra support, flexible learning opportunities in small classes and an environment free from prejudice can make a significant impact to a student's confidence, wellbeing and overall school experience.Allegra is a safe learning space for students who find studying and socialising in mainstream schools challenging. We welcome young people struggling with anxiety, depression or trauma, with neurodiversity (on the spectrum) or learning difficulties, who have experienced bullying or who identify as part of the rainbow community.

We believe a small school, makes a big difference. Allegra offers small classes in an adult learning environment. We prioritise personal growth, respectful relationships and instilling a sense of belonging. Allegra offers an inclusive and flexible learning environment tailored to support students in Years 9 & 10. The subjects are the same, it's the delivery that is different. Our goal is to provide young people with the opportunity to realise their potential on both academic and personal levels.

We are not an easy alternative. We are an opportunity to reset, reinvent and refresh your academic and personal goals and provide a support network to assist you working towards those goals. Our students are carefully selected, those willing to commit to bettering themselves while being supportive of others are more likely to be enrolled.While Allegra has a range of support services to assist students with barriers to learning, we do not offer one-on-one behaviour intervention or high levels of behaviour modification.

As an independent school we are a member of the Association of Independent Schools of NSW and our aim is to offer all eligible young people the chance to grow and mature while undertaking their high school education in a safe and supportive environment. At Allegra we seek to include those young people whose lives may be complicated, challenging or require a particular understanding in order to achieve success.
From Classroom to Career: Tilly Campbell’s Path to Teaching
June 20, 2024
From Classroom to Career: Tilly Campbell’s Path to Teaching

Matilda “Tilly” Campbell graduated from Allegra in 2023 and is now back at school with a whole new viewpoint.

“When I was in Year 10, people from TAFE were invited to Allegra for an information session and that’s when I got the idea to do a TAFE course as a career pathway,” Tilly said.

Currently enrolled at Coffs Harbour TAFE, Tilly is required to complete 100 hours of work placement as part of her School Based Education Support Cert III studies. She applied to do those hours at her former school.

“Walking in the door at Allegra for the first time as a work placement person was a weird feeling. I was so excited. Suddenly I am on the other side of everything and students call me ‘Miss’ when they forget my name which feels a little strange,” she said.

Tilly has been shadowing teacher Kylie Walters in STEM classes and has been assisting students with their recycled fashion projects.

“Kylie taught me when I was a student and now, I get to see things from her perspective which has been amazing, That first lesson I sat in on I had to keep reminding myself I’m not a student here anymore, I don’t have to give the answer to the question I’m here to help others find it for themselves. I’m learning so much and beginning to appreciate how much work is done behind the scenes.”

Teacher Kylie Walters was thrilled to have one of her former students back in the classroom.

“Tilly is fantastic, so much patience and so engaging with the students. She’s a natural, I hope she stays with us forever,” Kylie said.

During this term at Tafe, Tilly has been enjoying learning the theory of working with students who are neurodiverse and those who need learning support.

“This is my passion, helping people. I remember being in primary school and looking at the teachers and thinking that would be a cool job. Tafe is the beginning of my pathway; I can keep learning and it’s an option for me to go on to teaching. This has been 100 percent the right choice for me.”

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