Mr Mark Di Fede

Life before Girton
I graduated from La Trobe University Bendigo in 2006 with a Bachelor of Education majoring in Physical Education. In my final year of University, I worked as an Integration Aide at Girton Grammar School in the Year Three classroom. Following this year, I was employed as a Year Four teacher. During my university years, I worked at Flora Hill Primary School in the After-School Care Programme. I also worked for the YMCA holiday programmes.

What I Love about Teaching
Helping children to develop confidence in themselves and in their learning.  Inspiring children to learn new concepts and to seek further knowledge.

Girton Grammar is a great place to teach because of the caring and supportive staff. The pastoral care towards the emotional wellbeing of the children is at the forefront of the school’s ethos.

What do you like best about the year level you teach?
In my time at Girton, I have taught Years 2, 4, 5 and 6. I enjoy the leadership opportunities that are presented to all students in Year Six. House Captain, SRC, Junior School Production, Library monitors, and the various public speaking opportunities throughout the year at events such as the World’s Greatest Shave.

My favourite classroom activity
My favourite activity is providing the children with interactive opportunities on iPads or computers. Students learn to understand concepts through fun activities which also promotes social interactions. An example of this is using software to program a course for drones to fly.

What difference can good teaching make?
A good teacher will ensure all children work to their potential and are engaged in learning opportunities. Students will demonstrate mature work habits and thrive to further their knowledge. A good teacher will motivate students to seek a challenge and work outside their comfort zone with confidence. Students will show care and compassion towards others and maintain positive relationships with their peers.

Other Hats
I coach/manage a basketball team in the Bendigo Basketball Association competition. I also coach Junior and Senior School soccer teams at interschool competitions.