Fellowship win 'invigorating' for teacher

ROSE CAWLEY
Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012
Nigel Evans and Allick Lal
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Efforts acknowledged: Nigel Evans, secretary for the Woolf Fisher Trust awards Macleans College physics teacher Allick Lal his fellowship

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A fellowship has invigorated one physics teacher's passion for education.

Allick Lal says he was "humbled" to be awarded the Woolf Fisher Fellowship and "a little bit blown away by the generosity of the nomination".

He was nominated by Macleans College principal Byron Bentley.

There are no applications accepted for the fellowship, just silent nominations. The recipient isn't aware of the nomination until they receive a phone call from the trust.

The Woolf Fisher Trust was established to fund overseas travel fellowships for deserving teachers.

Sir Woolf Fisher was the co-founder of Fisher and Paykel and foundation chairman of New Zealand Steel. He was very enthusiastic about education and believed that teachers and principals weren't given enough recognition.

Dr Lal will visit schools and universities in New South Wales and Victoria next September.

He says the trip across the ditch will arm him with knowledge and a comparative view to bring back to Macleans College.

"I first off want to compare the difference between Cambridge and non Cambridge education in secondary schools in Australia and then simply look at where the research in universities is heading.

"Hopefully I can bring something back from those schools to our students because we are always developing our subjects - every year we have to do something new."

Dr Lal has been teaching at the Bucklands Beach school for 10 years and started up its Cambridge physics programme.

"It has reinvigorated me, it is like a new shot of adrenalin and I feel really enthusiastic about the subject again."

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