Fellowship lets teacher practise what she preaches

21:12, Jul 06 2014
Denyse Healy
ON YOUR SIDE: Fairhall School deputy principal and teacher Denyse Healy, centre, basks in the support of her year 7 and 8 students, dressed as mad scientists

Students dressed as mad scientists roamed Fairhall School grounds on Friday to celebrate their deputy principal receiving a science fellowship award.

Denyse Healy received one of just 10 fellowships handed out in New Zealand.

Healy heads to Wellington on July 21 to meet the other nine fellows before heading back to Blenheim to start work at Plant & Food Research Centre.

Healy said she was "very excited" to be a recipient.

"I didn't expect it. It was a lovely surprise."

Healy would work on her own project at the centre over a six-month period, she said.


She would do research in the area of viticulture, including sugar levels and the growth of grape bunches. "It's exciting for me to be learning again and learning something in the industry that is such a big part of Marlborough and then bringing that back into education."

She applied for the fellowship after discussions with the Fairhall School principal, teachers and board of trustees.

"Everyone was really supportive . . . our focus over the last two years has been developing our skills in science and technology, so it all fitted in very well."

She hoped to return to the classroom next year with more knowledge she could pass on to the students.

A teacher for 21 years, Healy has been at Fairhall School for the past 12 years.

She teaches a classroom of girls and was sad to leave them, but knew she could help them more by taking the fellowship, she said.

"I'd like to be a good role model to them. I'm always telling them to take every opportunity so it's about doing it as well as saying it for me."

The Marlborough Express