North Rockhampton science teacher Warwick Anderson with samples of chalcopyrite, commonly known as fool’s gold. He has won an award for teaching mining-related science subjects to high school students.
North Rockhampton science teacher Warwick Anderson with samples of chalcopyrite, commonly known as fool’s gold. He has won an award for teaching mining-related science subjects to high school students. Chris Ison

Award for teacher

NORTH Rockhampton State High School teacher Warwick Anderson loves to talk about rocks and minerals.

So it’s a good thing his students listen.

That’s because he’s providing them pathways into lucrative mining jobs where many of his students have family in the industry.

Mr Anderson was awarded the Key Teacher Award by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy during a ceremony in Brisbane last month.

He merely said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the award, which came with a $4000 cash prize to be used for a professional development course or related event.

Mr Anderson implemented earth science units for Years 8 and 9 as well as a Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance program at the school.

He said he had taken students to the Queensland Resources Council Expo in Brisbane where mining companies put on displays about jobs.

He also worked with mining companies to offer students work experience in the mines.

He added that he also took students to Mt Morgan to see the historical side of mining in the region.



GALLERY: Rain can't stop riders at Rocky Rumble

GALLERY: Rain can't stop riders at Rocky Rumble

Dozens of riders captured in hotly contested races

Young Rocky-based apprentice jockey hospitalised after fall

Young Rocky-based apprentice jockey hospitalised after fall

He was several hundred metres into trial when the incident happened

Local Partners