Drama Trainee a Perfect Fit
ArtsReady trainee Declan Butler is providing real benefits to St Bernard’s College in Melbourne and is inspiring other students to follow in his footsteps.
His supervisor, Eddie Stojkovich, Visual Arts Key Learning Area at the college describes him as being “An impeccable role model” and “the perfect fit for the school”.
Declan, 18, who studied at St Bernard”s, is called an Arts Gap Student, a term the college uses for students who take a gap year to complete a traineeship at the school.
“The Arts Gap student model is a great way for former students to spend a year gaining valuable experience in a school before they go onto further study.” Mr Stojkovich said.
“Declan works across our media, drama and visual arts departments. He is involved in everything from major drama productions to organising the film club, assisting in the classroom as well as supporting other events and projects throughout the year.
As part of his traineeship, he is also studying a Certificate III in Business (Arts), equipping him with essential knowledge along with his practical experience.”
The College located in Melbourne’s north/west, has taken on twelve trainees in the past two years including six ArtsReady trainees. The school strongly believes in the traineeship program and continues to see the benefits of taking on a young person.
“Declan has become very important, because he keeps the staff sane by helping out with smaller tasks, allowing teachers to work on the bigger projects.
He is extremely good at what he does. He is hard-working and professional while showing an incredible amount of initiative.” commented Mr Stojkovich.
Trainees like Declan are a valued resource for teachers and often do the everyday tasks so that teachers are able to better spend their time developing programs and activities.
“When Declan assists in the Drama classroom he interacts with students, he offers new ideas, guides them through techniques and this creates an engaging classroom environment.”
Declan’s time at the school has been impressive, with staff acknowledging his personal growth and maturity, after transitioning from student to trainee and trusted colleague.
“Starting with the basic administrative tasks, Declan gained the confidence and experience to take on greater responsibilities and he has thrived in doing so.
Declan has been nothing but amazing. He has inspired other students to take a Gap Year and follow in his footsteps.” Mr Stojkovich concluded.
Declan completed his traineeship in December 2017 and hopes to pursue further study in the arts and creative industries.