TAFE Western's Most Outstanding Graduating Student Margaret Stewart with Institute Director Ms Kate Baxter and a member of the TAFE Commission Board, Ms Justine Turnbull
Margaret Stewart from Bourke has been named as the top TAFE graduate from 2014, as part of TAFE Western’s annual Outstanding Graduating Student Awards. Ms Stewart was chosen from among 12 award-winning students to be named TAFE Western’s Most Outstanding Graduating Student.
Margaret began her studies as an untrained assistant at the Bourke and District Preschool. In 2012 she was awarded her Certificate III in Children’s Services and became a trained early childhood educator and also a room leader at the preschool.
Upon her graduation from the Diploma in Children’s Services in late 2014, Margaret was promoted to Director of the new Bourke and District Preschool and has now enrolled to upgrade her Diploma to the most current qualification; the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Margaret has an enthusiasm for her job that never wanes. She goes to work every day with a smile on her face and a song in her heart and children respond to that. If she is not chasing kids around the playground, playing a game of soccer or feeding the chooks with the kids; she is sitting on the floor within a gaggle of children sitting on her lap as she reads a story.
Margaret has been chosen to be part of a delegation travelling to China in June to work in a Chinese Preschool at Wuxi, near Shanghai. This will involve participating in classroom experiences and routines as well as building relationships with staff who will then visit TAFE Western on an exchange visit later in the year.
Katherine Lance, Head Teacher Children Services said, “Margaret Stewart is one of the most amazing and inspiring women I have ever me – to know Margaret is a privilege”.
Kate Baxter, TAFE Western Institute Director congratulated Margaret on her achievements at an awards function held in Orange where the 12 winners who came from throughout western NSW were recognised.
Ms Baxter said, “The award winners were selected for their achievements in training, community contribution and the stories about their personal experiences. Behind every award presented today is a story of personal growth, leadership, perseverance, dedication and in many cases overcoming individual challenges.”
The winners this year include students who have established their careers in the diverse range of training options offered by TAFE Western including: motorsports, screen and media, Policing, business, electrical trades, community services, childcare, health and Aboriginal studies.