WA Education Awards Presented

WA Education Awards Presented

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Outstanding Schools And Staff Honoured In WA Education Awards

Victor P Taffa

Western Australia’s Best Teachers, Schools and School staff were honoured today in the WA Education Awards 2010.

Congratulating the winners at a presentation breakfast this morning, Premier Colin Barnett said they epitomised the outstanding depth of talent and dedication in the State’s Public Schools.

“We are fortunate in Western Australia to have excellence throughout our School System and many talented staff who are an inspiration to their students.” Premier Barnett said.

“These outstanding educators are helping us to build a stronger education system to ensure all young people have the skills, competencies and confidence that are vital for the future of our State.”


“Exemplary teachers motivate students to excel and hold a huge responsibility in their hands the capacity to shape young lives.”

The Morning’s Most Significant Award, the $25,000 Premier’s Teacher of the Year was won by Tambellup Primary School’s Susan Sheridan.

Mrs. Sheridan was credited by the WA Education Award Judges as an outstanding leader and innovator in early childhood education and whose initiatives had led to huge improvements in school attendance and literacy in her young students.

She is known for being one of the first teachers in WA to acknowledge the importance of pre-school years in children’s development and to involve parents long before their children start school.

“I believe passionately that those early years are so important so I make contact with parents soon after their children are born and get them involved in workshops where they can help their children prepare for school.” Mrs. Sheridan said.

“If parents can see that they hold the key to their children’s futures, it makes our job as teachers so much easier.”

The Premier said the State Government’s commitment to empowering School Communities would help to further develop excellence in Public Education.

“It is heartening to see among the winners and finalists some of our first 34 Independent Public Schools which have nearly completed a year operating with greater autonomy.” Premier Barnett said.

“From 2011, all schools will have vital support services closer to them so they can decide how best they can use those resources to meet the needs of their students, staff and communities.”

“These changes will further help schools get the best out of their staff and their students, and help create a bright and vibrant future for our State.”

WA Education Awards 2010 Winners:

Premier’s Teacher of the Year Sponsored by GESB

Susan Sheridan, Tambellup Primary School

An Early Childhood Teacher at Tambellup Primary School for 25 years. Susan is a strong advocate and developer of oral language and literacy Programs in WA. She has been a driving force for many innovative educational strategies in the early learning years which have helped build of strong literacy foundations for children at the school. This has enabled Tambellup Primary School to achieve literacy outcomes well above expectations at a national level. The programs have also greatly increased parent participation in school activities.

WA Principal of the Year sponsored by BHP Billiton Iron Ore

Lee Musumeci, Challis Early Childhood Education Centre

Lee is an outstanding principal who has developed a reputation throughout the State as an innovative and visionary leader in early childhood education. She has made a significant impact on the community, implementing programs that have gained respect both in State and national circles. She is at the forefront of education in Western Australia and has developed partnerships with community organisations, Government agencies and policy makers. Her influence in early childhood education is transforming future policies.

WA Beginning Teacher of the Year sponsored by Teachers Health Fund

Kate Abbott, Tom Price Primary School

Kate started her teaching career at Tom Price Primary School at the beginning of the 2010 school year. She recently graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Early Childhood, finishing in the top three per cent of all students graduating in 2009. Although she was offered jobs in non-Government and international education sectors, she accepted a position with the Department of Education and moved to Tom Price at the beginning of the year. She contributes to the school community and involves herself with extra curricula and weekend events. Her principal reports that she is held in extremely high regard by staff, students and parents, with a large number of parents requesting her as their child’s teacher for 2011.

Luke Chapman, Hampton Senior High School

Luke has been teaching for less than three years and is already Head of Science at Hampton Senior High School. Luke oversees six science labs and a specialist lecture theatre, while teaching his own Year 12 Human Biology and Chemistry classes and a Year 10 science class. His students and colleagues admire his patience and dedication. Luke is an innovative, creative and engaging educator and helps his peers to engage their students through the use of technology.

Hayley Hoskin, Mindarie Senior College

A natural educator and keen learner, Hayley’s enthusiasm for English is infectious. Hayley is always up-skilling her knowledge to benefit her students, which included extending to a double degree in Arts at Edith Cowan University and making the Dean’s Honour Roll. Hayley meets the needs of individual students and makes English come alive through excursions to newspapers and libraries. Her peers credit her with being a positive young female role model who makes her students feel genuinely supported and cared for.

Kellie Hunter, Waggrakine Primary School

A mature aged graduate, Kellie is committed to improving outcomes for to disengaged students. Kellie has a number of innovative teaching techniques, which includes using interactive whiteboards, online learning and ‘funny money’ activities. Kellie is passionate about sharing knowledge and inspired her colleagues to work together for the benefit of students. This knowledge sharing has been extended to include international teachers through her involvement in the Microsoft Innovative Schools project. Kellie created an online blog and updates it regularly with her innovative teaching practices.

Jamie Lamb, Kirup Pirmary School

Jamie Lamb is a highly competent teacher who considers the needs of all students –academically, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. He works hard to improve his own teaching skills through professional development and even went as far as Japan in 2008 to further his studies in Japanese. He is able to get to the heart of troubled students and help them onto a path towards improvement.

Sarah Warren, Clifton Hills Primary School

Sarah presents her lessons in a variety of ways to cater for the individual learning styles of her students. She has recently introduced an enrichment program for the academically gifted students in her class. Sarah runs an Eco Club for students in Years 1 to 3, teaching them respect and understanding for environmental issues and providing hands on environmental experience.

WA School Support Staff Member of the Year sponsored by Delron Cleaning

Mary Anderson, Durham Road School

Mary has worked at Durham Road School as an education assistant for 30 years. The school is an education support school that caters for students from four to 18 who have intellectual and physical disability and sensory impairment. Her input has a positive impact on the school. Mary designed a multi-sensory gazebo for students with sensory impairments so they have a special environment to use during recess and lunch time.

WA Literacy School of the Year sponsored by sponsored by Edith Cowan University

East Narrogin Primary School

Instilling a love of reading in young children who did not have much exposure to books at home previously is behind East Narrogin Primary School’s success story. Educators at East Narrogin Primary School achieved a major improvement in students’ literacy standards over five years by getting parents on board for a home reading program, using consistent methods in all classes and building on students’ skills from year to year. East Narrogin Primary School has become a school of choice in the area, with a massive increase in enrolments to 260 students from Kindergarten to Year 7.

WA Numeracy School of the Year sponsored by Teachers Credit Union

Busselton Senior High School

According to parents of Busselton Senior High School students, their children are enjoying maths for the first time.  Students use objects such as blocks, bottle tops, cotton wool balls and paper plates to create a physical representation of an abstract concept and are continually monitored to ensure they only move on when ready.

WA Science School of the Year sponsored by ExxonMobil

Christmas Island District High School

The school places a high emphasis on science and this year worked closely with the Department of Fisheries WA to co-ordinate the island’s first Seaweek to broaden students understanding of human impact on ocean ecosystems. The school also runs an ecology field studies designed for students to study the natural history of Christmas Island and lunchtime Science Club, which involves Year 4 to 7 students participating in mini science experiments such as making slime, lava lamps and crystals.

WA Innovative School of the Year sponsored by Department of Education

Peron Alliance Curriculum and Teaching (PACT)

The Peron Alliance Curriculum and Teaching group of schools – incorporating Gilmore College, Safety Bay Senior High School, Rockingham Senior High School and Education Support Centre, Warnbro Senior High School and Education Support Centre and Comet Bay College has resulted in significantly improved student outcomes by sharing classes across six campuses. The schools are able to offer their students access to courses that would otherwise not be available to them as well as the opportunity to work with ‘like-minded’ individuals at neighbouring schools.