Zac Panaretos

YEAR 7 PROGRAM & SPORT PDHPE TEACHER
Sustainable and Meaningful Contributions

Zac Panaretos

CF-7 PDHPE/SPORT (Year 7 Home Teacher)

My dream for living school is to see our students excited to come and learn as part of a strong and supportive community. That our students are able to use our unique approach to make sustainable and meaningful contributions to their lives and those around them.

I endeavour to bring Traditional Owners’ perspectives to the forefront of our students’ thinking. Challenging students to step out of societal boundaries to challenge truly themselves.

I hope to develop positive relationships and gain the trust of my students, so that we can get on with the fun of learning.

My philosophy for education is going above and beyond to meet the needs of students, giving them the best possible opportunity in their journey into adulthood.

I believe that a community outlook, with particular regard to relationships with students and their families, is essential for students to adopt an holistic approach to their education.

I strive to develop a strong rapport with students based on a genuine concern for their wellbeing and success. In my experience the flow-on effect of extra effort outside of the classroom has enhanced student participation, behaviour management, welfare and an enthusiasm to learn.

BACKGROUND

Zac has worked in a variety of educational institutions. he worked at Marcellin College Randwick for a while before stepping out of his comfort zone and working in Numbulwar, a remote Indigenous community in Arnhem Land. What an experience.

Zac moved back to Sydney and did a short stint at Blacktown Youth College, a school for students who have struggled in a mainstream setting.

Most recently he taught at Reddam House, focusing on Stage 6, where there is a strong emphasis on academic excellenc

CAREER EXPERIENCE

TERTIARY QUALIFICATIONS:

Marcellin College Randwick (7-12)
Achieved an ATAR – 94 with Band 6 in PDHPE, Industrial technology, English Advanced and Band 5 in Economics, biology, studies of religion

University of Sydney – Human Movement Health Education (H.M.H.E)

Curtin University – Master of Education – Currently completing

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Marcellin College Randwick (2014-2016)
– Over 2 years’ casual experience in numerous departments
– Multiple term blocks in the PDHPE department
– 7-10 Religious studies and Year 11 Catholic studies
– One term science block covering Ms. Gillian Clarke (term 4 – 2015) 

Numbulwar Community School (2017)
– Working with Indigenous students in a remote community in the Northern Territory, Arnhem Land
– Subjects covered: Literacy, Numeracy, PDHPE, Social and Emotional learning 

As the Sports Coordinator I planned, organised and implemented the following programs and events:
– Coordinated the 2017 school Athletics carnival
– Coordinated the School Colour Fun Run
– Committee member for the school fete
– Fundraising and organising the community fishing competition
– Rock and water program
– Senior boys Sex Ed seminar and domestic violence course
– AFL clinics
– Basketball Coaching 

Blacktown Youth College (2018)
– Head of PDHPE faculty
– During school inspection for registration – programs, registers, work samples, assessment schedules, scope and sequencing – all updated
– Stage 6 SLR teacher
– NRL Gala Day organisation and coaching
– OzTag Naidoc week competition – organisation and coaching
– School wide behaviour – Positive behaviour policy
– School wide positive attendance strategy
– Whole school Anti- bullying event (Cyber Bullying awareness and prevention) – organised
– Food technology – cooking, theory and catering school events
– Mandatory Technology – stage 4
– Liaising with parents, counsellors and local welfare groups
– Assisting with student well-being and building resilience
– NESA accreditation – proficiency 

Reddam House (2018)
– Year 12 PDHPE
– Tuesday night sessions for 2 hours going over the whole syllabus and practicing HSC responses as part of a maternity contract
– Follow up and feedback for students on their performance 

Reddam House (2019-2020)
– Year 7-12 PDHPE
– Master of Soccer – organising fixtures, grounds, staff and training for all secondary school teams
– HSC PDHPE and Senior PDHPE teacher
– During school inspection for registration – programs, registers, work samples, assessment schedules, scope and sequences – all updated
– Organised and coordinated a community outreach program to go to Arnhem land in 2020 and 2021 with 30 students. Managing accounts, liaising with Indigenous Elders, promoting the trip within the school and all correspondence with families and school staff.
– Coordinated an online fundraiser, raising close to $20,000 for the Indigenous community
– Cultural Coordinator
– Filmed content and coordinated online PE learning during COVID lock downs.
– Director of Sports Portfolio
– Year 9, 11 and 12 tutor