Male teacher an exciting new addition at this Burnett school
WHEATLANDS Primary School is about to experience something quite unusual, but it isn't as weird as what you might be thinking.
When the students in Year 3 and 4 at Wheatlands Primary School go back to school on Tuesday they will meet their new teacher, Craig Nelson, for the first time.
While this may not seem strange, this will be unsual for the children, as well as for the parents and the school as whole, because Mr Nelson will be the only full time male teacher in the school.
Adam Head is the teacher/principal at Wheatlands Primary and while he does some teaching, Mr Nelson will be the only full time male teacher.
Mr Head was looking forward to seeing how Mr Nelson would go in the school.
"He did his prac at Murgon primary school, so he knows the region. There shouldn't be any surprises," he said.
"In fact, this will be the first time I have had a full time male teacher while I have been principal."
Mr Nelson completed his teaching studies in Brisbane before making the move to the South Burnett.
"I initially asked to go out to Cherbourg," he said.
The new teacher said he was very nervous about meeting the children on their first day.
"It is overwhelming when I really think about it," he said.
"You are not quite sure whether you are properly prepared."
The only male teacher at the small school said he was slightly anxious about how the school community would accept him.
"Initially I will work on creating rapport with the students and their parents," he said.
"Being new to the area, I am sure I am going to learn as much from them as they do from me."
Mr Nelson said initially his goal was to establish rapport with the children.
"I'll be making sure there is trust and letting the children know I'm someone they can come to," he said.
"The education side will just follow after that."
Mr Head said having another male influence in the school would be a unique and very positive experience for a lot of the students.
"In society we have a lot of disconnected families, not so much in this school but we do have a few," he said.
"A lot of children live with mum and unfortunately, dad isn't always in the picture.
"A lot of kids go through their primary school lives not having many male role models."