7 Western Australia Schools Honoured As Finalists For STEM Awards 2017

7 Western Australia Schools Honoured As Finalists For STEM Awards 2017

Western Australia Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery

Western Australia Minister for Science Dave Kelly

Western Australia Schools Honoured As Finalists For STEM Awards

Victor P Taffa

  • Finalists announced for the 2017 Governor’s School STEM Awards
  • 7 schools celebrated for excellence in STEM education
  • McGowan Government committed to improving STEM education in schools for jobs of the future

7 Western Australian schools have been celebrated for their excellent leadership and achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education after being announced as finalists in the 2017 Governor’s School STEM Awards.

“Our school teachers and principals play a crucial role in skilling our kids for the jobs of the future.” Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said.

“It is for this reason the McGowan Government has invested $17 Million to roll out science programs in 200 public primary schools.”

Governor’s School STEM Awards, which were established in 2015, recognise the support and commitment of school principals and leadership teams in developing their schools’ STEM education programs.

Finalists were announced last night at a gala dinner commemorating the inaugural STEM Education Conference, attended by Science Minister Dave Kelly and Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia.

“We know in Australia that 75 % of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills, so ensuring we have excellent science education programs is crucial for developing the workforce of the future.” Minister for Science Dave Kelly said.

“That is why earlier this year, I announced the appointment of a STEM advisory panel tasked with developing a State STEM strategy.”

WA Minister for Science Dave Kelly

Primary school category finalists are:

  • Brookman Primary School (Langford);
  • Penrhos College (Como);
  • Perth College (Mount Lawley);
  • St. Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School (Karrinyup).

Senior school category finalists are:

  • Comet Bay College (Secret Harbour);
  • Hampton Senior High School (Morley);
  • Penrhos College (Como);
  • St. Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School (Karrinyup);
  • Warwick Senior High School (Warwick).

Judges will visit the finalist schools next month, ahead of the awards ceremony at Government House on November 27, 2017.