Sir Peter Blake Trust Teacher Award for College Biology Teacher

February 04, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Congratulations to Mr Bernard Potter, one of our biology teachers at the College, who has been awarded a Sir Peter Blake Trust Teacher Award, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, giving him a once in a life time opportunity to travel in the role of ‘Educator at Sea’ to the remote Sub Antarctic Auckland Islands for two weeks, leaving next Monday.

Mr Potter has taught science and biology for a number of years, joining the science department at the College in 2010. He is passionate about teaching and learning and thoroughly enjoys the challenge of helping students reach beyond their perceived capabilities. He says, ‘It is crucial for young people to understand how the world around them works in order for them to be inspired to protect it for the future.’

Earlier in his career, Mr Potter was also the recipient of a RSNZ Teacher Fellowship allowing him to work for a year with Marine Biologists from NIWA. The experience gained during that year paved the way for his ongoing interest in this field of work. As he is also keen on outdoor adventure, he was an ideal candidate for this latest award.

For the two weeks onboard, Mr Potter will be providing unique learning experiences in the field for selected students from schools all over New Zealand and adults alike. He is also looking forward to sharing his experience and latest learning with others upon completion of the voyage.

If you are interested in following his adventure, click here to see what the voyage entails and to read the daily blogs.

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