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NEWS 15 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By VINNIE RODI GOL Gol Preschool early child- hood educator Hayley Morrison, 33, could barely contain her excite- ment this week after being awarded a $10,000 Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarship. The scholarship – an initiative of the New South Wales Govern- ment – offers up to $10,000 in funding to help cover some of the costs associated with study, with Hayley currently undertaking a four-year Bachelor of Early Child- hood degree with Swinburne Uni- versity. Currently in her first year, and completing the degree online, Hay- ley said she had been shocked to discover she’d received the highly sought-after scholarship. “I was very excited when I found out I had been successful in my application,” she said. “It’s one of those things that when you ap- ply, you don’t actually think you’re going to get it. “Obviously $10,000 over four years is going to be a big help. It means I can comfortably juggle my time between study and work.” A former Western Australia resident, Hayley has called Gol Gol home for the past 12 years, and said she had always harboured a desire to complete a Bachelor of Early Childhood degree. Her family life, however, had delayed those ambitions until this year. “I had always wanted to teach, and then I met my husband and my priorities changed,” she said. “I was fortunate to be a member of the Gol Gol Pre-school com- mittee when my son started com- ing here, and it wasn’t long before I was working at the preschool on Wednesdays. “I now have three children at primary school, so the time was right to pursue a degree and earn a qualification, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. “It was actually one of the com- mittee members at the school, Nicole Jamison, who learned about the scholarship and encour- aged me to apply, so I am incred- ibly thankful to her for letting me know.” Member for Murray Adrian Pic- coli was among the first to congrat- ulate Hayley on her success, saying the scholarship was specifically aimed at early childhood educa- tors working in regional, rural and remote areas. “We want our local educators to have the best qualifications, so I congratulate Hayley and strongly encourage local people to consider applying for this valuable assistance for their studies in 2018,” he said. NSW Minister for Early Child- hood Education, Leslie Williams, said the scholarship encouraged local diploma-qualified staff in early childhood education and care services to boost their qualifi- cations. “This will result in an overall improvement to the delivery of ear- ly childhood education programs by increasing the number of quali- fied early childhood teachers across NSW in rural and remote areas,” she said. The Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarships forms part of the NSW Government’s $80million Rural and Remote Edu- cation Blueprint for Action. The next round of scholarships will be open in April 2017 for the 2018 academic year, with more information, including how to ap- ply, available on the Department of Education website – www.dec. nsw.gov.au, just follow the easy links. HELPING HAND: Hayley Morrison, 33, from Gol Gol Preschool has been awarded a $10,000 Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarship. The NSW Government funds will help Hayley complete a four-year Bachelor of Early Childhood degree with Swinburne University. Hayley’s ‘surprise’ scholarship joy On your marks, get ssetet, CO C NNECT. Go to CrCrop opCoConnec ect.com.au to stay ahead of the market or spspeeak wiwith your local GrainCorp Representative to discover more. CropConnect facilitates cash sales from warehousing to buyers with a new level of flexibility, market visibility and transparency. With CropConnect you now have the ability to set the price you want for your warehoused grain or accept bids, anywhere, anytime from mobile, tablet or desktop. And this new service is provided, as part of warehousing, at no additional cost! Ready, set, connect. Stay ahead of the market this harvest with CropConnect, the new online cash marketplace from GrainCorp.
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