Kylie Speedy - the Proud Product of Public Education | Hastings Secondary College

26 Oct 2017

I started at Westport High School at the start of Year 7 and graduated in 2005. I was the 2005 Girl School Captain. 

Education or training post high school:

I was fortunate to be offered Early Entry to three regional universities and I chose to attend the University of New England in Armidale. Some of my favourite and most respected teachers studied in Armidale and it had an excellent reputation for its Education courses. I was lucky enough to also receive a Scholarship from UNE so I needed to sacrifice a gap year and commence studying after Christmas. I was offered a room at Earle Page College. A place that soon became my home away from home. Living on campus was the absolute BEST!!! 300 new people all living away from home, looking to make friends and have a great time while studying. All meals were provided and a weekly cleaner. It was the most enjoyable and fun-filled time of my life! 

I completed my practicums at a variety of schools in a variety of areas: St Josephs Uralla, Port Macquarie Primary School, Bingara Central School, Blackville Public School (one teacher school with 12 kids) and Tacking Point Public School. 

In 2009 I completed my Bachelor of Education (Primary). I was also one of two Bachelor of Education (Primary) students who graduated with The New England Award. (The prestigious New England Award is presented to students who have embraced the full UNE experience by getting involved in social and community activities that develop life skills, such as:

Career/s since leaving school and reasons for choosing these careers.

I am extremely passionate and proud to be a product of Public Education. I completed my Internship at my local primary school Tacking Point Public School in Term 3 2009. During Term 4 I worked as a casual teacher at Tacking Point Public School and part-time at Woolworths in Settlement City. I was offered a one-year temporary contract at Boggabri Public School for 2010. Boggabri is a small town in north-western New South Wales. This was so exciting and also very scary to move 5 hours from all my family and friends. Apart from my new boss, I didn’t know anyone else in the area! I had nothing to lose so grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Through Teacher Housing I was able to secure a house in Gunnedah and after the local newspaper did a story on me, I was soon quite “famous” in Boggabri and Gunnedah (both small country towns).

One year turned into another which then turned into a contract at the school across the road -Gunnedah South Public School. After three years of full-time work at GSPS, I then moved to Tamworth with my fiancé and quickly secured a temporary contract at Westdale Public School where I am working now. 

I loved every day of my schooling from Kindergarten to Year 12 and I thought becoming a teacher would be the perfect way for me to give back. I always loved learning and working with children. I did my Year 10 Work Placement in a Primary School and knew it was the career for me. 

Being a teacher is the best job in the world! Teaching is never boring! No two days are ever the same. Working with children is so rewarding.

The kids say the funniest things and bring so many smiles to my face! Teaching students a new skill, teaching them to overcome a problem or to understand a tricky concept is fulfilling. In my role as a Kindergarten teacher, I love teaching children to read. I also enjoy having the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of children and their education. I love seeing how much students improve over the year and beyond. Not just academically but socially and emotionally. I love creating a family feel in my classrooms and seeing children become kind, caring, loyal and supportive friends.

All that said it is a job where there is ALWAYS something to do. It's not a 9am-5pm job you are required to put in a lot of time after work. My weekends and throughout the holidays are used for marking, planning, programming, making resources, attending meetings, decorating the classroom, organising displays, talking to parents, liaising with health professionals, undertaking future training, and the list goes on. You are always juggling a lot of balls and there are really not enough hours in the day especially around report time and when teaching programs need to be submitted. 

I have very fond memories of my time at Westport High, now Hastings Secondary College Westport Campus.

  • All the wonderful friends I made. Many of whom I’m still in touch with today. It is crazy to think it’s been 11 years since we sat the HSC
  • Six years service to WASCALS and all the inspirational people I was able to work with, meet and assist through our fundraising efforts. 
  • Receiving an OAM Certificate of Commendation from NSW Governor Marie Bashir at a special ceremony at Government House in Sydney for Community Service.
  • Being School Captain is still one of my proudest achievements.
  • Being mentored during Year 11 and 12 by Mr Bourke-legend. His advice and support were invaluable. I still think of his words and wisdom! 
  • Mr Kirkland’s geography excursions, especially the trips to Sydney, Dorrigo and the one on a BBQ boat down the Hastings River!