Three primary school teachers with almost 90 years of experience between them are the finalists in the ARL Development National Teacher of the Year title to be presented at the One Community Awards at Sydney’s Town Hall on Monday (Sept 27). <br><br> The fourth annual One Community Awards will be hosted during Grand Final week for the first time, with the star-studded cocktail event launching the most exciting array of Telstra Premiership Grand Final week celebrations in the game’s history. <br><br> The One Community Awards pay tribute to the game’s unsung heroes from across the country – the mums, dads, volunteers, coaches, teachers, development officers, clubs and officials – who tirelessly dedicate themselves to helping others enjoy the game. <br><br> The Teacher of the Year Awards, among 10 honours to be announced, will be presented to both a primary and secondary school teacher who has demonstrated exceptional support of rugby league through the provision of opportunities for students to be involved in practical rugby league activities within their school and district. <br><br> ARLD will provide $2,500 each to the two winning teachers and a $500 equipment pack for their schools. <br><br> <b>Primary Finalists are: <br><br> Ken Hamill, Tully State Primary School</b> <br> Ken has been involving rugby league through Tully State Primary School since 1976 and will dedicate anywhere up to 15 hours above his usual teaching duties to the implementation of various rugby league initiatives <br><br> <b>Graham Cummins, North Rocks Primary School</b> <br> Graham has been teaching since 1975 and has promoted rugby league in schools throughout this period. He is the coach for the North Rocks Junior and Senior teams and has implemented various rugby league initiatives into the school. <br><br> <b>Helen Cooper, South Wagga Public School, CRL</b> <br> Helen Cooper has been teaching for 20 years and has always brought rugby league with her to the classroom. She is now Head Sports Coordinator at her school of 300 students and not only promotes rugby league but actively pushes students into a variety of sports. <br><br> <b>Secondary Finalists are: <br><br> Robert Anderson, Bentley Park College <br> Hamish Pearce, Victoria University Secondary College <br> Troy Weeden, Ashcroft High School.
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