Mr Mark Di Fede

DI FEDE MarkLife 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 under Mr Paul Flanagan’s guidance. 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?

It is wonderful to see the children develop independence. This includes being responsible for their personal equipment. Initiative is another skill that Year Two students begin to demonstrate.

The students enjoy Year Two because there are several new experiences. Each student learns to play a string instrument. They can play either the violin, viola or cello. Students are also involved in the Junior School Production for the first time. Lastly, it is their first experience of camp with a two day camp to Lake Eppalock.

My favourite classroom activity

My favourite activity is playing hands on games and providing the children with interactive opportunities on the iPads or computers. Students learn to understand concepts through fun games which also promotes social interactions. Incorporating games into learning helps the children to consolidate concepts and are then able to confidently transfer their knowledge to written tasks.

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 am the MiC of Junior School Basketball. I have been the MiC since 2009. Currently I am coaching an Under 12 and Under 14 team.

Outside of school I play cricket for the Bendigo United Cricket Club.