London calling for primary graduate

Primary education graduate Allanah Secis in Paris.
Primary education graduate Allanah Secis enjoyed travelling throughout Europe while teaching in London.

Europe on her doorstep. For primary school teacher and Griffith alumnus, Allanah Secis, being able to travel extensively was one of the bonuses of living and working in London.

Allanah, who graduated with a Bachelor of Education Primary in 2012, said travelling in term breaks was a fantastic experience.

“A sense of adventure was always in the air,’’ she said.

“I remember on the last day of term I went into a colleague’s classroom at lunch. We decided then and there to book tickets to Croatia the following morning!

“It was so easy to see different parts of the world using London as a base.”

After a disappointing experience with her first recruitment provider, Allanah changed to Brisbane-based agency Point to Point Education. They helped her find work with a small school where she taught happily for 18 months.

“The school was supportive and challenging. I learnt so much and it was a wonderful first job to have as a teacher,’’ she said.

“The position gave me a lot of the tools I now rely on to teach in my own Australian classroom.”

Allanah credits her Griffith degree with giving her the skills to interpret any curriculum into a unit plan.

“That was the number one skill I needed when I decided to teach in an English school.

“The best part of my Griffith degree were the practicums in each year especially the first year. My subjects were relevant to what I was learning in schools and my lecturers were all very knowledgable.”

Returning to Australia in 2014 leaving behind her adventures in London and Europe, Allanah is now teaching at an independent school in Toowoomba.

“It is quite a change”, she admits. ” But with an education degree you can go anywhere!”