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The car park across the road from
Burgmann will be closed for
construction of the wetlands.
What do you think?
Have your say on this issue by
emailing a letter to the editor to
post to PO BOX 7155, Canberra
Mail Centre, ACT 2610.
Head of the school's Parents and
Friends association Sebastian
Mendez said he had often witnessed
people driving straight through the
traffic lights, which made it very
dangerous for younger children.
"Some of them (drivers) just
don't see the red light, it's really
dangerous," Mr Mendez said.
"One of my children nearly got
run over, I know of five other
children who almost got run over
and that's only the ones I (person-
ally) know about," he said.
Mr Mendez said the parents were
extremely concerned about their
children's safety especially with the
news the completed wetlands car
park would only have 13 spaces.
"We see a lot of chaos and trouble
for us," he said.
Roads ACT senior manager in
traffic management and safety Ri-
faat Shoukrallah said the Govern-
ment had always worked closely
with the school to remedy traffic
problems as they developed.
He said this was the first the
department had heard of this par-
ticular traffic concern and would
arrange a meeting with Burgmann's
principal to discuss the issue.
Mr Shoukrallah said it could be
argued the decision to locate the
school on the corner of the Valley
Avenue and Gungahlin Drive had
not been the best idea. "We're aware
of quite a lot of problems you could
argue were predictable," he said.
"It becomes really difficult once
it's in operation because your work
is restricted by your environment."
Win with virtual learning
Gungahlin College teacher Peter Smythe has won this year's ACT
Microsoft Partners in Learning Teachers of the Year Award.
Picture: Elesa Lee
A GUNGAHLIN College teacher has
won an award for his innovative use of
technology in the classroom.
Through the use of YouTube videos
and interactive online content, maths
teacher Peter Smythe has changed the
way a traditional classroom operates.
For his positive work he has won the
2011 Partners in Learning Teachers of
the Year Award for the ACT.
Mr Smythe recently conducted a
survey to find out what his students
valued the most about his teaching.
He found they preferred one-on-one
learning time rather than him standing
up the front of class "waxing lyrical
So he decided to flip the classroom
to make homework class work and
class work homework.
He created YouTube videos the
students could view in their own time
at home which explained the maths
concepts traditionally taught in les-
sons. This was done through a virtual
learning environment on the school's
connected learning community
Class time was then devoted to the
students as individuals.
"I wanted to try and make every one
of those minutes spending time with
my students helping them with prob-
lems," Mr Smythe said.
He said the key to the virtual
learning environment was that the
work was very interactive and students
were able to work at their own pace.
It allows them to take control of
their learning by focusing on issues
they struggle with.
Mr Smythe also included an interac-
tive plan that showed exactly what the
students would learn each week help-
ing them to see "the hill they had to
He said this was important to give
the students a sense of empowerment
about their own education. The online
learning also removes the stigma
associated with asking questions in
He said the students had respected
his response to the survey and his
willingness to use technology in the
classroom, even if not all of them
enjoyed the subject.
''It is a bit daggy, watching maths
videos, [but] some of them secretly
love it,'' Mr Smythe said.
The Gungahlin College teacher will
go on to represent the ACT at the
Microsoft Asia Pacific Partners in
Learning Form in March 2012.
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