Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Inspirational WA schools and staff honoured

    28/11/2016 9:45 AM
    • 11 winners announced in the WA Education Awards 2016
    • Winners share in $332,500 prize money 

    A Shenton Park teacher who is breaking down barriers for deaf students and a Rockingham teacher who inspires students to succeed no matter what obstacles they face are among this year's winners of the WA Education Awards 2016.


    Premier Colin Barnett said the principals, teachers, and school staff recognised in the WA Education Awards were inspirational.


    "I am proud to acknowledge the best in WA's public schools, and the excellent staff who make an extraordinary contribution to the lives of students," Mr Barnett said.


    "These exceptional school staff influence and shape young people to become confident, resilient and well-rounded individuals who have the opportunity to achieve success in their adult lives."


    Aubin Grove Primary School scooped two awards for WA Primary School of the Year and WA Primary Principal of the Year, recognising the strong leadership of principal Frank Pansini and staff in steering WA's largest primary school to success.


    A total of 11 winners were announced, with John Curtin College of the Arts awarded WA Secondary School of the Year and Mount Lawley Senior High School taking out the WA Premier's Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award.


    Education Minister Peter Collier praised Mount Lawley Senior High School's achievements in Aboriginal education.


    "Mount Lawley has an uncompromising expectation that Aboriginal students can - and will - reach their full potential, setting challenging goals for students but focusing on the small steps to help each individual succeed," Mr Collier said.


    Fact File

    • A full list of winners is below
    • The State Government's WA Education Awards 2016 are sponsored by BHP Billiton, The West Australian, Teachers Mutual Bank, hit92.9, Edith Cowan University, Fotoworks School Portraits, Kleenheat and Crown Perth
    • For more information, visit http://www.education.wa.edu.au 

    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Education Minister's office - 6552 6300




    WA Premier's Primary Teacher of the Year

    Jodie Schicker, Bungaree Primary School

    Jodie Schicker teaches her students that circumstance does not define who they are or what they do; it is their choices that matter in life. She inspires a curiosity in her students, sharing her love of science. Mrs Schicker supports students to succeed, encouraging them to achieve their goals and be responsible for their learning. She has also spearheaded changes to improve how students with autism move on to secondary school, and how the school and parents manage challenging behaviours.

    Sponsored by BHP Billiton


    WA Premier's Secondary Teacher of the Year

    Karen Bontempo, Shenton College Deaf Education Centre

    Karen Bontempo has an extraordinary determination to break down barriers for deaf students. An international expert in deaf education, Dr Bontempo's work in teaching Auslan to both deaf and hearing students is changing how deafness is viewed. She has redefined the meaning of the word inclusive, not just for deaf students but for those with learning difficulties. She works tirelessly at State, national and international levels to develop courses that bring deaf and hearing students together through the power of a public school education.

    Sponsored by BHP Billiton


    WA Premier's Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award

    Mount Lawley Senior High School

    Helping Aboriginal students achieve is the ambition of a successful program at Mount Lawley Senior High School, where staff set challenging goals for students but focus on the small steps for each student to succeed. Of last year's 15 Aboriginal students in Year 12, all achieved their Western Australian Certificate of Education. The school inspires high-achieving Aboriginal students to reach their full academic potential, through individual mentoring and creating a connection with each other and their culture. 

    Sponsored by BHP Billiton


    WA Primary Principal of the Year

    Frank Pansini, Aubin Grove Primary School

    Frank Pansini has a clear vision for an excellent school - each decision made by every member of staff puts students first. Great challenges come with leading a school that has seen rapid growth from 315 students to more than 1,100 students in just five years. The school has flourished under Frank's leadership, gaining a reputation for high standards of achievement and excellence.

    Sponsored by hit92.9


    WA Secondary Principal of the Year

    Alan Genoni, Canning College

    Seeing a student take on new opportunities because of their education is incredibly rewarding for Alan Genoni. As principal of Canning College - where most students are 18 years and older - Mr Genoni takes a personal interest in the welfare and development of all students. His leadership has seen the college go from strength to strength. In 2015, the number of local students to achieve Australian Tertiary Admission Rank equivalent of 90 and above almost doubled.

    Sponsored by Teachers Mutual Bank


    WA Beginning Teacher of the Year

    Mark McClements, Challis Community Primary School

    After a dream career with the world-famous Arsenal Football Club, Mark McClements found his calling to become a teacher and his impact on the school has been remarkable. With limitless enthusiasm and creativity, he takes a hands-on approach to teaching. He introduced a new program to the school, Talking for Writing, which is getting results - 84 per cent of Year 3 students achieved above the national minimum standard in the 2015 NAPLAN results.

    Sponsored by Edith Cowan University


    WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year

    Ashlee Otway, Riverside Primary School

    Ashlee Otway gives students confidence to believe in their abilities and dreams. Ms Otway has reshaped her role to become a vital part of the school and community, building strong connections with parents and families. She helps students develop a sense of pride about Aboriginal culture and runs innovative programs to keep students excited about learning.

    Sponsored by The West Australian


    WA Primary School of the Year

    Aubin Grove Primary School

    At WA's largest primary school, staff believe they have a responsibility to develop every child into a successful person, not just progress students academically. The school fosters a sense of belonging and community atmosphere, making each family feel valued and an important part of the school. Teachers continuously seek to improve their skills, even recording their classes to seek honest and constructive feedback, and learning from each other's skills. 

    Sponsored by Crown Perth


    WA Secondary School of the Year

    John Curtin College of the Arts

    John Curtin College of the Arts' unique approach to education sees students on stage performing one night and in class getting top marks in an assessment the next day. The college uses the arts to challenge students, giving them the confidence and resilience to excel in all areas of their studies. Students are encouraged to celebrate the best they can be. Staff are energetic and passionate about students, and look to continuously improve their teaching techniques to deliver what their students need to succeed.

    Sponsored by Fotoworks School Portraits


    WA Education Assistant of the Year

    Stephanie Lee, College Row School

    Stephanie Lee has dedicated the past 20 years of her life to showing students with disability that they are capable of more than anyone ever dreamed possible. She supports her students to overcome major obstacles, making a difference to their lives. For Ms Lee, to say a student cannot do something is not an option. Her latest project involves developing a pod book of images for each child to help them express themselves, giving students a voice.

    Sponsored by The West Australian


    WA School Services Staff Member of the Year

    Darryl McCart, Residential Manager, Western Australian College of Agriculture - Cunderdin

    Giving students a safe and friendly 'home away from home' is a job that residential college manager Darryl McCart takes very seriously. As well as overseeing the daily essentials of more than 130 boarding students and managing 30 staff, Mr McCart makes sure he and his team have the caring skills to meet the emotional needs of the teenagers, who live away from their families to attend the farming school.

    Sponsored by Kleenheat


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