Dassel dazzles and wins

JOHN Paul College teacher Matt de Dassel will set off for the United States this week as a recipient of the 2008 Premiers Macquarie Capital Science Scholarship.

Awarded the Scholarship last year, and presented to former Premier Morris Iemma at Government House in August, Mr de Dassel will focus on practices that enhance the learning of Gifted and Talented students in American High Schools. The five week study tour across six states of the US is made possible through the generous support of Macquarie Capital.

As part of the five week itinerary Mr de Dassel will visit the alma mater of President Barrack Obama, Punahou High School in Honolulu before attending the Annual National Conference of Science Educators in the US at New Orleans. Visits to schools in St Louis, New York City and Los Angeles will follow.

A former science co-ordinator at John Paul College, Mr de Dassel introduced a program of acceleration in Science which has seen students completing their HSC Chemistry Course a year early for the last five years.



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