NATIONAL AWARDS

EDVAL AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

Winner: Gawura School (St Andrew's Cathedral School)

  • The only 100% indigenous school in Australia and provides opportunities to local ATSI students allowing them access to a high-quality private school education attaining results well beyond national averages for indigenous students, and providing exceptional cultural experiences
  • Gawura is pioneering a model which is actively providing exemplary opportunities for, and restoring the dignity of, local Aboriginal children and their families
  • Judges' comments include: 'An innovative approach to a First Nations lead education within a mainstream system. It's great to see a greater emphasis on ensuring that the broader has a high level of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and perspectives'; 'Terrific school ethos with strong expectations in learning evidenced by supporting data'; 'A lighthouse program in indigenous education with wonderful almost unheard of outcomes'

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR

Winner: Donna Wright, Bandiana Primary School

  • Donna leads an inclusive school community. Her key philosophy is to teach children to be the best version of themselves, to be empowered through self-advocacy, to empower others and to have empathy
  • Donna is an excellent communicator, collaborative, and innovative
  • Judges' comments include: 'An exceptional leader who has undertaken further study to improve her leadership- submission provided a great deal of evidence which demonstrated the positive impact her programs are having on the school community'; 'Great results of a positive school environment. Absenteeism is well below the state benchmark. Rising NAPLAN results. Focus on teaching to the individual child. Extensive data walls. Enrolment numbers exceeding capacity. Professional learning plans for staff. Distributive model of leadership. Developing partnerships with Bastow Institute of Education Leadership. Mentor to beginning teachers- takes on fewer responsibilities to focus on good classroom teaching. Survey results- high level of trust at 98%. Has continued to upskill by undertaking formal leadership course. Has completed several presentations in the wider community. Won the Victorian Principals award in 2019'

SCHOOL AWARDS

PRIMARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – GOVERNMENT

Winner: Fairy Meadow Demonstration School

  • Provides contemporary education to 400 children with five support classes, a preschool and 14 mainstream classes
  • The rich diversity of the population sees 30% of children from Language backgrounds other than English and 6% of students Aboriginal
  • Judges' comments include: 'Fair Meadow Demonstration School is not only teaching the students of the future it's also shaping some of the nation's future educators. This willingness by teachers and students to open their classrooms to a new group of university students studying teaching every Semester is a testament to the school's commitment to education excellence and improvement'; 'The links with university and pre-service training are of benefit to the profession as well as the students at Fairy Meadow'; 'Strong submission supported by data'

Excellence Awardees:

Beenleigh State School

Glendore Public School

Kempsey South Public School

Piara Waters Primary School

PRIMARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR - NON-GOVERNMENT

Winner: Haileybury

  • Primary students are nurtured to achieve academically but also to graduate mentally healthy, socially confident, and globally connected, with a strong sense of social justice
  • Learning and wellbeing programs are tailored to individual needs and help students thrive socially
  • Judges' comments include: 'Consistent high standards with extensive extra curricula programs. Outstanding student data'; 'Exceptional balanced approach to the whole child'

Excellence Awardees:

Ballarat Clarendon College Junior School

Ormiston College

St Paul's School

SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – GOVERNMENT

Winner: Marsden State High School

  • Provides for students ‘superior opportunities built on a culture of high expectations’; provides its students the full gamut of learning opportunities for students across a wide range of superior opportunities
  • Teachers are supported by comprehensive Professional Learning Programs and an innovative teaching framework built specifically for the Marsden SHS context; 20% of University bound students choose teaching
  • Judges' comments include: 'The commitment to learning and results this school has achieved across all areas demonstrates a commitment to excellence and an aspiration for all students to be provided with the best and to achieve the best. Well done!'; 'The sheer scale an innovation developed and delivered by Marsden State High School which serves a complex and low ses community. The quality of the university pre service teaching partnerships, the Marsden "guarantee", HALT, aspiring leaders program, teacher mentor program and the 42 professional learning communities are just a part of the overall whole-school programs that are designed to support and reinforce teacher quality and educational delivery. An exemplary school providing high quality supports to enhance learning and teacher professionalism'

Excellence Awardees:

Liverpool Boys High School

Maryborough State High School

Plumpton High School

SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR - NON-GOVERNMENT

Winner: Ballarat Clarendon College

  • Celebrated in the state and across the nation for exceptional student achievement in both the VCE and NAPLAN
  • Judges' comments include: 'Impressive application, the school has a strong professional learning program, impressive VCE results and a broad extra-curricular program'; 'Great structures to support quality evidence based teaching and learning'; 'Students have achieved above average gain over past 6 years'

Excellence Awardees:

Ormiston College

St Paul's School

Toorak College

BOARDING SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

Winner: St Margaret's Anglican Girls School

  • St Margaret's Boarding House has maintained its enrolment numbers despite national trends to the contrary
  • Specialist boarding staff and teaching staff work together to provide the best academic care for boarders
  • Judges' comments include: 'Very strong teaching & learning focus, good systems in place with innovation too. Well rounded programs and student centred approach'; 'Enrolment success speaks to strengths of program and bucks trend'; 'Excellent academic programs and intervention. Very good PD and systems in place. Very good new initiatives'; 'An outstanding submission which shows a strong emphasis of teaching and learning in the boarding house'

Excellence Awardees:

Immanuel College

St Ursula's College, Toowoomba

The Scots School Albury

Toorak College

REGIONAL SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

Winner: Kangaroo Island Community Education

  • Ongoing commitment to support educational outcomes within the school and beyond at the state, national, and international level
  • Despite significant challenges such as the 2019 bush fires, continued to show academic growth, high quality student outcomes, resilience and an absolute commitment to sustainable, collaborative recovery
  • Judges' comments include: 'A clear submission that is well structured and leads through a narrative with evidence, understanding and purpose. Excellent'; 'Strong welfare platform. Remotes and low SES - disadvantage'

Excellence Awardees:

Maryborough State High School

St Patrick's College Townsville

The Scots School Albury

SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

Winner: Gawura School (St Andrew's Cathedral School)

  • The only 100% indigenous school in Australia and provides opportunities to local ATSI students allowing them access to a high-quality private school education attaining results well beyond national averages for indigenous students, and providing exceptional cultural experiences
  • Gawura is pioneering a model which is actively providing exemplary opportunities for, and restoring the dignity of, local Aboriginal children and their families
  • Judges' comments include: 'An innovative approach to a First Nations lead education within a mainstream system. It's great to see a greater emphasis on ensuring that the broader has a high level of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and perspectives'; 'Terrific school ethos with strong expectations in learning evidenced by supporting data'; 'A lighthouse program in indigenous education with wonderful almost unheard of outcomes'

Excellence Awardee:

Giant Steps Sydney

BEST SCHOOL STRATEGIC PLAN

Winner: All Saints' College, Perth

  • The College’s 2019 – 2023 Strategic Plan maps an environment where empowered students make decisions about their education; where ability, not age, determines progress through the curriculum; where 21st century skills, sit alongside empathy and social conscience
  • Highlights include
    • Runway: Pop-up shop for goods / services created by students
    • The Agency: ASC’s employment agency where students apply for ‘real world’ jobs on campus
    • InnovatED: innovative, design thinking curriculum where students pitch real world solutions to partner organisations’ challenges
    • Catalyst: centre for social enterprise •ASC TV: a studio with ‘Netflix’ resource!"
  • Judges' comments include: 'Strong focus on student centred programs'; 'innovative and inclusive programs. Exceptional consultation'; 'This is a highly detailed plan that evokes humanistic integrity, collaboration and provides a road map to success now and into the future but with on-ramps and off-ramps that give the school the flexibility to adapt to immediate change'; 'I really appreciated their commitment to innovation and student centredness'

Excellence Awardees:

Kurri Kurri High School Strategic Stages

Marsden State High School whole school strategic plan

Ormiston College

BEST STUDENT WELLBEING PROGRAM

Winner: Mooroopna Park Primary School Well-being Team

  • A comprehensive Wellbeing Program consisting of an Oral Language Program, Paediatric clinic, School Chaplain, Play Therapist, Koorie Education Support Officer, School Support Services including Psychologist, Social Worker and Occupational Therapist as well as a Healthy Food Program providing breakfast, morning and afternoon tea and a hot lunch to all students daily free of charge
  • Extensive program allowing support, not only of students, but also their families and at the same time developing strong community relationships, creating a village effect where students feel safe and supported
  • Judges' comments include: 'This really proves that "It takes a Village to raise a child." I feel so proud of this community and the work that they have done to fight for their schools and help kids have basic needs met so that they can learn and just, "be kids"; 'A very impressive and impactful initiative'; 'Congratulations on the impact you're able to have on the community of learners at your school. Your work is not only making an impact to their schooling but also to their lives'; 'Very important and simple approach to student wellbeing through Oral Language and Food Programs'

Excellence Awardees:

Haileybury

Kempsey South Public School

Marsden State High

BEST PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Winner: Marsden State High School

  • Suite of professional learning programs for teachers, created using the most up to date research informed by a range of Australian University Partners and aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  • Developed with a range of stakeholders to ensure their comprehensiveness. Exemplars of best practice across the nation and utilised by a range of schools across Australia
  • Judges' comments include: 'The depth that this program goes into is staggering. The way that all the teaching programs on offer integrate with one another to form a truly immersive professional development community is very impressive'; 'Truly innovative, outward looking with direct relevance for own staff and students. Particularly loved the innovation of developing their own students for the teaching profession. Brilliant!'; 'The Professional Learning Program at Marsden SHS is outstanding. With an obvious dual focus on students and staff the PL program aligns beautifully with the Strategic Plan, Business Plan and other strategic School documents. It is comprehensive, has been sustained and is respectful to both students and staff. The suite of programs is most impressive and varied and the university and other partnerships are obviously well-leveraged. The way the program has been iterated so that varying strands of it provide appropriate learning opportunities for staff with different levels of experience and interest make it very rich. The passion and energy of this program is felt in the application'

Excellence Awardees:

Caringbah North, Jannali, Miranda North Public Schools

Genazzano FCJ College

Haileybury

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

PRIMARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR – GOVERNMENT

Winner: Donna Wright, Bandiana Primary School

  • Donna leads an inclusive school community. Her key philosophy is to teach children to be the best version of themselves, to be empowered through self-advocacy, to empower others and to have empathy
  • Donna is an excellent communicator, collaborative, and innovative
  • Judges' comments include: 'An exceptional leader who has undertaken further study to improve her leadership- submission provided a great deal of evidence which demonstrated the positive impact her programs are having on the school community'; 'Great results of a positive school environment. Absenteeism is well below the state benchmark. Rising NAPLAN results. Focus on teaching to the individual child. Extensive data walls. Enrolment numbers exceeding capacity. Professional learning plans for staff. Distributive model of leadership. Developing partnerships with Bastow Institute of Education Leadership. Mentor to beginning teachers- takes on fewer responsibilities to focus on good classroom teaching. Survey results- high level of trust at 98%. Has continued to upskill by undertaking formal leadership course. Has completed several presentations in the wider community. Won the Victorian Principals award in 2019'

Excellence Awardees:

Adam Knights, Beenleigh State School

Julie Murphy, Elizabeth Vale Primary School

Khalil Khay, Glendore Public School

Maria Green, Oakdale Public School

PRIMARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR - NON-GOVERNMENT

Winner: Grenville Green, Haileybury

  • Commitment to academic excellence, parental engagement, staff development and social justice
  • Grenville Green provides a clear vision, administers the School’s unique Explicit Instruction Model, and works with other schools so they can deliver it. Each year he sets Teaching and Learning Goals that help staff to grow the programs, boost teacher capacity and enhance student opportunities
  • Judges' comments include: 'Outstanding application from a leader with a strong focus on pedagogy, instructional leadership and data -driven decision-making'; 'Exceedingly thorough, with extensive supporting material. Working not just within his school, but across multiple campuses and other states/systems'; 'Clearly an effective and visionary leader in large multi-campus school with impressive performance'

Excellence Awardees:

Kerrie Nelson, Giant Steps Australia

Nicolee Eiby, Ipswich Girls' Grammar School/ Ipswich Junior Grammar School

Will Wallace, Lakes Grammar - An Anglican School

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR – GOVERNMENT

Winner: Andrew Peach, Marsden State High School

  • Andrew's leadership supports the establishment of key partnerships and opportunities with sporting organisations
  • Marsden's academic program's role in leading innovation across Queensland and Australia is well recognised, and the commitment to continue to be outstanding is a feature of Andrew's leadership
  • Judges' comments include: 'Principal Andrew Peach embodies and lives out his school's vision: "Dare to Inspire, Make a Difference". He has overseen small and large changes across teaching and learning, school infrastructure, community partnerships and more which continue to lift the school and its community to new heights'; 'Innovation matched with embedded teacher experience and training has developed a showcase school for achievement'

Excellence Awardees:

Chad Bliss, Orange High School

Khalil Khay, Glendore Public School

Maxine McSherry, Kangaroo Island Community Education

Stella Jinman, Cecil Andrews College Perth WA

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR - NON-GOVERNMENT

Winner: Kerrie Nelson, Giant Steps Australia

  • Overseen numerous initiatives in the past year, including a partnership with the Parramatta Eels Club, the opening of the Autism Training Hub, and co-investigative research on assessing the literacy skills of non-verbal students with autism
  • Led the way in shifting dialogue around ‘behaviour’, to instead questioning why a student may disengage from learning, demonstrating that the analysis of data and shared expertise can improve learning outcomes for students with highly complex needs
  • Judges' comments include: 'Exceptional authentic leadership with strong community engagement'; 'A passionate leader who puts the needs of students first'; 'Continues to pursue professional learning opportunities (Harvard) and great retention of staff over the last 15 years which is a good indicator of an outstanding leader'

Excellence Awardees:

Karen Jebb, Genazzano FCJ College

Kristy Kendall, Toorak College

Ros Curtis, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School

DEPARTMENT HEAD OF THE YEAR

Winner: Samantha Reynolds, Saint Stephen’s College

  • Finalist for the 2019 Australian Education Teacher of the Year Awards, Women in Business Futurist for 2019 and Runner Up for Innovation Technology Award and winner for the Most Significant Contribution for five years for Saint Stephen’s College
  • Head of the Art and Applied Technologies and Business Departments for ten years; For three years, Samantha has been a Syllabus Writer for (QCAA). She currently manages 21 individual subjects extending across P-12, including nine staff and over 800 students
  • Judges' comments include: 'Samantha demonstrates an extraordinary level of professional commitment and expertise and has created out of the box opportunities for students as well as contributing to her discipline areas and the profession through curriculum and syllabus design and teacher education'; 'Innovative with a real-world focused approach to her students' studies she also engages and promotes heavily outside the school'; 'Broad remit and highly awarded'

Excellence Awardees:

Iain Taylor, Saint Stephen's College

Michael Ha, Hillcrest Christian College

Scott Dirix, Indie School

TEACHERS MUTUAL BANK, TEACHER OF THE YEAR - PRIMARY SCHOOL

Winner: Carla Gagliano, Masada College

  • Passionate about teaching for understanding and helping students to become critical and creative thinkers, being a lifelong learner and engaging in a range of professional experiences is central to Carla’s growth as an educator
  • Recognised by the wider educational community through conference presentations, co-authoring of a book chapter as well as receiving a professional learning scholarship
  • Judges' comments include: 'Carla demonstrates a deep understanding of learning and teaching, continues to engage in high level PL'; 'Deep pedagogic understanding and practical implementation while supporting others to grow and develop - outstanding'; 'professional focus on student & own learning. Strong Commitment to her ongoing growth'

Excellence Awardees:

Michelle Breen, Trinity Anglican School

Michelle Richardson, The Knox School

Wendy Murphy, Kingswood South Public School

TEACHERS MUTUAL BANK, TEACHER OF THE YEAR - SECONDARY SCHOOL

Winner: Samantha Reynolds, Saint Stephen's College

  • Finalist for the 2019 Australian Education Teacher of the Year Awards, Women in Business Futurist for 2019 and Runner Up for Innovation Technology Award and winner for the Most Significant Contribution for five years for Saint Stephen’s College
  • Head of the Art and Applied Technologies and Business Departments for ten years; For three years, Samantha has been a Syllabus Writer for (QCAA) andcurrently manages 21 individual subjects extending across P-12, including nine staff and over 800 students
  • Judges' comments include: 'Students are encouraged and empowered to be innovators through Samantha's teaching because she builds academic, technological, creative and design thinking. Samantha presents as champion of multi-disciplinarian education and project based learning'; 'Innovative programs designed to engage students with a real priority to collaborate with colleagues'

Excellence Awardees:

Ben Peacock, St Philip's Christian College Cessnock

Fiona Pennisi-Mitchell, Marsden State High School

Kate Brown, Toorak College

EDUCATION RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

Winner: Amy Young, Cowra High School

  • Amy's ability to program challenging and highly engaging activities in the areas of HSIE, Wellbeing and Leadership are designed to implement pedagogical strategies that ensure connectedness and sustained engagement in learning
  • Amy’s classroom is open, engaging and combines a variety of learning strategies to assist students to feel involved, supported and empowered in their own learning processes
  • Judges' comments include: 'Amy's outstanding professional and personal attributes are reflected in the breadth of her responsibilities and her impact on students and colleagues'; 'A passionate educator'

Excellence Awardees:

Lloyd Godson, Hastings Secondary College

Melissa Allen, Haileybury

Parris Laurie, Mater Dei College

CURRICULUM AWARDS

BEST CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAM

Winner: St Andrew's Anglican College

  • Global Learning Program aims to provide opportunities for students and staff to increase their cultural intelligence, build local and global connections, improve relevant skills and establish values and character that will allow them to become the change agents of tomorrow
  • The program is made up of various service and experiential learning opportunities. Including online modules and face-to-face workshops that equip students with vital Cultural Intelligence (CQ) skills
  • Judges' comments include: 'The cultural intelligence supported by St Andrew's Anglican College Global Learning Program is a unique and researh based program delivering visible outcomes for students and connecting their learning at school to real-world problems and experiences'; 'The Global Learning Program strand of St Andrew’s Co-curricular program is very carefully designed and unique in that it measures, improves and tracks students cross cultural intelligence. The relationship the School has developed with Cultural Intelligence Centre in the US is unique and clearly has enriched the program'

Excellence Awardees:

Brighton Grammar School Year 9/10 B2M Program

Maryborough State High School, Fraser Pop festival

Plumpton High School

BEST STEM PROGRAM

Winner: Saint Stephen's College

  • STEAM at Saint Stephen’s College is holistic in its approach. It is integrated through all subject areas, across all year levels, making it inclusive to all students
  • STEAM experiences are taught with real-world applications at the forefront, not as isolated, theoretical examples
  • Judges' comments include: 'The school's STEM agenda is clearly embedded across the school and not a one off subject with some fantastic initiatives and results'; 'Embedded across the school. Seen as a pedagogical approach not as a subject. Embedded a clear process for delivering STEM initiatives e.g. design thinking process and the development of real world problem solving. The school has a clear strategy for professional development e.g. mentoring and communities of innovative practice. School has developed strong partnerships with outside organisations which complements their program. Strong focus on developing students' global competencies'; 'STEAM integration well driven by knowledgeable and passionate staff'; 'Increase science enrolments is impressive and reflective of a holistic approach'

Excellence Awardees:

St Margaret's Anglican Girls School

St Patrick's College Townsville

Strathcona Girls Grammar - All Aboard the Tinker Train

BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY

Winner: Aurora College

  • NSW’s first virtual school and the first of its kind in Australia. Innovative & flexible by allowing students to connect locally and to learn globally. Aurora students connect with their specialist teachers in timetabled lessons in a cutting-edge virtual learning environment
  • In its sixth year of operation, Aurora has established itself as a world leader in online education, providing opportunities for rural and remote students and teachers that would otherwise not be possible
  • Judges' comments include: 'Thoroughly planned, evaluated and reported strategy to meet needs of students'; 'Providing access to rural and remote students usually disadvantaged by distance'; 'Given the current state of the world, this is an extremely sustainable education model. Congratulations on the technological prowess, commitment and engagement (and of course successful student outcomes!); just wonderful!'

Excellence Awardees:

Haileybury

Ormiston College

Southport State High Independent Public School

INNOVATION IN CURRICULUM DESIGN

Winner: Southport State High Independent Public School

  • Identified an opportunity to innovate education through the implementation of schoolwide digital curriculum initiative, using Blackboard’s eLearn platform as Learning Management System (LMS) with the intent to have a 21st century curriculum delivery model to hone student's 21st century skills
  • Refined and enhanced the systematic delivery of the curriculum, engaged students with 21st century skills needed beyond the classroom and maximise the progress of every student by providing them with learning anytime and anywhere
  • Judges' comments include: 'Successfully implemented LMS for all subjects and all students in a very large school'; 'High expectations combined with 24/7 access to digital learning resources and subject curriculum has created a consistency of teaching and learning experience at Southport State High School that is benefiting students and teachers. It was almost as if the school could see the future and the events that would unfold in 2020'

Excellence Awardees:

Creative Silicon Chips - Carey Baptist Grammar School

Liverpool Boys High School

Project Illuminate - Toorak College

INNOVATION IN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT DESIGN

Winner: Queensland Department of Education Youth Engagement Team

  • Developed and piloted in-school flexible learning spaces known as FlexiSpaces, considered learning environments designed to support children who are disengaged from school and who often face challenging personal circumstances
  • FlexiSpaces promote inclusion and incorporate evidence-based design principles that respond directly to the learning needs of disengaged students. An innovative, first-of-a-kind model in Australia that allows schools to create a physical space within their school campus to offer a more flexible learning experience
  • Judges' comments include: 'Great low cost initiative to engage the most vulnerable student in our high schools'; 'Strengths based approach to creating a safe and supportive learning environment for at-risk students, with some significant and positive outcomes in terms of reduced absences and positive academic results. Developed in consultation/collaboration with school community'; 'Fabulous intention being realised to Reignite students love of learning. The flexi space concept is a winner and replicable. Encouraging that it is seen as a way forward for all and not just the disengaged'

Excellence Awardees:

Ormiston College

St Luke's Catholic College

Trinity Lutheran College: Senior Learning Precinct

 

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