Congratulations to our very talented circus teacher Crystle Challinger who has been crowned WA Trainer of the Year 2018, recognising her dedication to VET programs in Creative Industries for students at Canning Vale College. 

After being named as a finalist (and the only senior high school teacher) for the award in August, Miss Challinger was announced as WA Trainer of the Year at the awards presentation night on Friday 28th September at Crown Perth.  

The Department of Training and Workforce Development WA Training Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, trainers, training organisations and employers in both public and private sectors.

Miss Challinger has received this award for her Circus and Creative Industries courses that are unique in their design and engage the students through non-traditional teaching methods involving transformational teaching philosophy, hands on practical working environments engaging STEAM learning, and student-centered programming with a focus on hidden curriculum development. Additionally, Miss Challinger champions VET programs for secondary students throughout Western Australia and has been heavily involved in training other VET school-based trainers. As an Indigenous Australian, she believes in providing structured alternatives to traditional learning to meet the individual needs of a student.

Miss Challinger’s Circus program has been developed over the past 10 years at Canning Vale College and has seen hundreds of students excel through the Extension Circus Arts program, performing in front of thousands of Primary School children, community and charity events including Telethon and the Christmas pageant, and opportunities to perform in Disneyland USA, Melbourne, Dreamworld Queensland, and Cocos Keeling Islands. We are sure this program will continue to expand and impress into the future.

Miss Challinger will now travel to Sydney in November to compete as the WA candidate for the Australian Trainer of the Year 2018. We wish her the best of luck in this endeavour. 

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