“The private school teachers were trying to pull everyone into the same lowest common denominator, whilst the primary school was allowing and inspiring the students to flourish on their own, be our own person. From having a really great first year at kindy, I found myself suddenly having a really bad time because I was being held back so much at the private school. Eventually my parents pulled both myself and my sisters out and enrolled us all into the public school”.
When Rad was in year three and four, she had a teacher - Mrs Williams - that identified she had an interest in science, particularly biology. The school organised for Rad to go to the Opportunity Class* when they had someone from CSIRO come visit, allowing Rad to participate in a small workshop on genetics and forensic science.
“I had the absolute best time in that workshop, but to me, I was just having fun. I now look back as an adult, and realise that, it takes a very remarkable teacher to not only identify that a student has an interest, but to then organise for it to happen.”
In the same positive fashion that Rad entered her public primary school, she also left it, all thanks to one Ms. Perantuono in years 5 and 6. Selected for the Opportunity Class* at her school, Rad found herself with like-minded, academically gifted individuals in her final two years of primary school.