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Teaching excellence recognised

Posted on 29 October 2020

Senior School Visual Art teacher Ben Hugheston-Roberts has been recognised for excellence in teaching with a shortlisted nomination for the 2020 TEACHX Awards.

The Queensland College of Teachers’ TEACHX Awards is a prestigious award for teachers across all schooling sectors in the state. Ben received a nomination in the ‘Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award’.

Ben is in his fourth year of service as a teacher and was nominated for the ways he creatively demonstrates passion for and promotes the value of Visual Art education. Year 10 student Liam Tan says, ‘He makes us feel supported in our creative choices and reinforces the importance of creativity as part of a well-rounded academic pathway at Churchie.’

His notable contributions are using engaging ways to advocate the value of arts education, cultivating a network of connections in the arts community to provide students with professional guest-learning experiences, fostering an emerging artists community as vice chair of the Churchie Emerging Art Prize and extending his practice by undertaking a Master of Educational Leadership course.

Visual Art student Rory Easton speaks to Ben’s leadership style and his passion for building relationships with each student to help unlock their artistic potential. ‘Mr Hugheston-Roberts spends extra time with each of us discussing and unpacking our individualised interests in relation to each task.’

Head of Visual Arts Suzie Thomson commended Ben on his nomination, states, ‘Ben is an exemplary teacher. He brings enthusiasm, confidence and passion to work every day. He genuinely wants to foster a love of life-long learning in his students and models this on a daily basis. His passion for teaching and learning is infectious.’

Year 10 student Henry Lake notes, ‘Mr Hugheston-Roberts assists each of us through the creative process and provides us with thoughtful and personalised feedback that allows us to expand our own thoughts and ideas.’

Congratulations, Ben, for an exemplary start to your teaching career.