Last Monday Class 5 and 6 went to Bathurst to visit the sweetest little museum in the world. Bold claim. It’s the Fossil and Mineral Museum and houses the Somerville Collection of rocks and minerals.
But more than beautiful rocks and minerals presented in beautiful cabinets more spectacular than VIVID, was the informational powerhouse that was our Museum Guide. She knew everything or at least A LOT about ROCKS and had the talent of bringing her knowledge to the children in a gentle, engaging, non-gimmicky way which had the class and me spellbound and entranced. It wasn’t fancy or flashy, in fact quite humble but just pure passion for her subject and the earnest desire to share her love for the planet with children.
And really who knew MINERALS could be so captivating. Never too old to learn and never too old to teach it would seem.
After extensive experience with Barnardos Australia, Erica joined the teaching profession in 2004, focusing for many years on high school teaching for young people with behavioural issues not able to be in mainstream classes. Erica joined Kindlehill School in 2009. She has a B. Arts ( Hons) (USYD) and a Master of Teaching (UWS).
“Through a profoundly nurturing and rich education of the whole child we help to heal the world and move towards greater kindness and respect – that’s why I am here.”.