We are now taking applications for 2020


Due to COVID, applications have been extended for the 2020 event calendar and will now close 1st September 

 

The Rosemary Hafner Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed in 2008 in memory of the significant contribution made by Rosemary Hafner to science education; to support and assist both metro and regional science teachers in NSW with their professional development.

Background

Rosemary Hafner was one of NSW and Australia’s leading science educators in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Her influence on Science Education ranged from Kindergarten through to the Higher School Certificate in NSW schools and she spread the message about the need to engage students more effectively in Science across Australia and internationally.

Whilst Rosemary’s work ranged beyond science education into the requirements and processes for registration and accreditation of non-government schools, she never lost her focus on the needs of schools, teachers and students, and the need to avoid unnecessary complexity for school management so teaching and learning remained the emphasis in every school.

Rosemary believed in teachers and believed that they needed strong and effective support including professional development. Rosemary was a councillor, then Executive Member of the Science Teachers Association of New South Wales (STANSW) and served with distinction as a Councillor on the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) Council from 2004 – 2007.

Rosemary was a regular presenter at both NSW and Australian science teachers’ conferences. From her first year as Inspector-Science, Rosemary provided presentations that were well known for being stimulating, insightful and sometimes challenging. Her contributions were always made with a passion for science teaching and learning and with a positive outlook to the future.

Whilst Rosemary’s work ranged beyond science education into the requirements and processes for registration and accreditation of non-government schools, she never lost her focus on the needs of schools, teachers and students, and the need to avoid unnecessary complexity for school management so teaching and learning remained the emphasis in every school.

Rosemary believed in teachers and believed that they needed strong and effective support including professional development. Rosemary was a councillor, then Executive Member of the Science Teachers Association of New South Wales (STANSW) and served with distinction as a Councillor on the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) Council from 2004 – 2007.

Rosemary was a regular presenter at both NSW and Australian science teachers’ conferences. From her first year as Inspector-Science, Rosemary provided presentations that were well known for being stimulating, insightful and sometimes challenging. Her contributions were always made with a passion for science teaching and learning and with a positive outlook to the future.


AND
• Teacher relief
• Travel costs

To the value of no more than $600



The scholarships


Each calendar year, provided funds are available, we will provide the following scholarships for K-12 teachers of science:

The Rosemary Hafner Memorial Regional Scholarship for ONE teacher from regional NSW (Regional – outside the area bounded by the coast of NSW, Kiama, Moss Vale, Mount Victoria, Cessnock and Newcastle).

This scholarship shall provide: complimentary registration to any one STANSW event or project

AND

  • Travel costs
  • Accommodation costs
  • Teacher relief

To the value of no more than $1400

The Rosemary Hafner Memorial Metropolitan Scholarship  shall be awarded to ONE teacher from the Greater Metropolitan Area (Greater Metropolitan Area – inside the area bounded by the coast of NSW, Kiama, Moss Vale, Mount Victoria, Cessnock and Newcastle).

This scholarship shall provide: complimentary registration to any one STANSW event or project

AND
• Teacher relief
• Travel costs
AND
  • Travel costs
  • Teacher relief

To the value of no more than $600

Criteria


1.  Open to all teachers of science, both primary and secondary, in any New South Wales school. Where equal merit exists, preference will be given to applicants who are full individual members of the Science Teachers’ Association of NSW

2.  Each applicant shall provide a brief statement of no more than 500 words in support of his/her application for one of the Rosemary Hafner Memorial Scholarships. This statement will: identify the professional development event that you are seeking support to attend; identify the aspect of your current practice that you want to improve; explain how you think attending this event will improve your practice; explain how you will share your learning, in addition to providing a brief report for our publications. 

3.  A professional colleague shall provide a supporting statement, of no more than 100 words, supporting your application.

4.  Successful applicants must provide a report (up to 1000 words maximum) to a STANSW publication within 1 month of the completion of the professional development opportunity. This report will describe how you plan to use / have used the learning to improve practice; the impact on practice and students to date; and how you will share what you have learned with colleagues.

5. Applications will open 6mths ahead of the forthcoming calendar year so that early PD options can be considered within the range of scholarship opportunities.

 

Successful applicants


All applications will be read and assessed by a panel of 4 assessors determined by STANSW council. At least one panelist will be a member of STANSW Council and a member of STANSW Council will chair the team of assessors. The successful applicants will be those assessed by the panel to best meet the above criteria. The panel’s decision will be final and no appeal will be considered.

Please complete the scholarship application via the APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP button

Donations are welcome to support the ongoing scholarship fund. To make a donation please donate via the DONATE FUND button

2.  Each applicant shall provide a brief statement of no more than 500 words in support of his/her application for one of the Rosemary Hafner Memorial Scholarships. This statement will:

• identify the professional development event that you are seeking support to attend;
• identify the aspect of your current practice that you want to improve;
• explain how you think attending this event will improve your practice;
• explain how you will share your learning, apart from providing the report mentioned below.

3.  A professional colleague shall provide a supporting statement, of no more than 100 words, supporting your application.

4.  Successful applicants must provide a report (up to 1000 words maximum) to a STANSW publication within 1 month of the completion of the professional development opportunity. This report will describe how you plan to use / have used the learning to improve practice; the impact on practice and students to date; and how you will share what you have learned with colleagues.


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