The Internship Experience
Keywords:internships, initial teacher education, internship experience
My name is Josie Davidson and I am in my final year of my double degree - Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. I have just completed my internship of 11 weeks, broken into a 5 week block in Term 2 and a 6 week block in Term 4, at Northern Plains High School. Northern Plains High school is located in the small rural town of Northern Plains in the Riverina Region of New South Wales. The 2006 census recorded the town of Northern Plains as having a population of just over 4000 and it is largely a farming and agricultural town. There are currently approximately 400 students enrolled at Northern Plains High School, which is less than it has been in previous years. The school believes this to be due to the drought, as opportunities for agriculture in the area have reduced and more families have moved away and so therefore student numbers have decreased. The school draws students from surrounding districts and is one of two schools in Northern Plains; the other is a private school. It has a well established reputation for sporting and academic excellence and contains special programs to cater for the needs of all students in the town and surrounding areas.
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