Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett


    Government schools meet challenges of changing needs of students

    3/11/2000 7:30 PM

    Lessons using e-mail technology and a program which engages boys in dance are among those to have been recognised today for their innovation in teaching practice.

    Education Minister Colin Barnett presented awards in the six categories of the Education Department’s annual Education Innovations Awards at the Fremantle Town Hall this evening.

    Mr Barnett said the Innovation Awards demonstrated the flexibility and quality of Western Australian Government schools in meeting the ever-changing needs of their students and the wider community.

    “School communities are always striving to meet the needs of our children,” he said.

    “In a world which is constantly changing, our schools are showing how adaptable and responsive they can be.

    “Recognising these efforts is essential and the Education Innovation Awards are one way of rewarding staff and school communities for introducing best practice and innovation.

    “Most importantly, the awards aim to take such ideas to the rest of the school community and to the broader education community.

    “They provoke discussion, to stimulate still more ideas, to generate a culture of quality and innovation which will benefit our students now and into the future.”

    Mr Barnett said the awards - now in their ninth year - aimed to strengthen ties between Government schools and the communities they served.

    The Education Innovation Awards are sponsored by ANZ Edubank and entries are received from Government schools and their associated organisations, including parent groups.

    This year 59 entries were received from a wide range of schools, in five categories: Junior Primary, Middle/Upper Primary, Lower Secondary, Post-Compulsory and Open.

    Mr Barnett said entries addressed criteria such as how innovative the projects were or how they reflected excellence in an educational setting.

    “Judges also looked at relevance of the projects in addressing a need or opportunity within the school and community, and the extent to which the projects demonstrated innovative classroom practice which impacts positively on student learning,”
    he said.

    The overall winner, Woodlands Primary School, received a cheque of $3,300 from ANZ Edubank. The school’s Year Two students have an e-mail link with a Western Australian man working offshore as an engineer in the North Sea and South China Sea.

    The winner in each category received a cheque of $660 and highly commended entries were also acknowledged.

    The winners of the Education Department’s Education Innovations Awards 2000 are:

    LOWER SECONDARY: Joint winners: Laverton Primary School, ‘School 2 Work Project’ and Toodyay District High School, ‘Curriculum and Community’.

    MIDDLE/UPPER PRIMARY: Kinlock Primary School, ‘A Vision for Kinlock’.

    OPEN: Ballajura Community College, ‘Boys Can Dance’.

    JUNIOR PRIMARY: Bakers Hill Primary School, ‘Gumnut Technology’.

    POST-COMPULSORY: Kwinana Senior High School, ‘Engineering Traineeship’.

    OVERALL WINNER: Woodlands Primary School, ‘Telecommunications:
    John Davey; Year 2; North Sea/South China Sea’.

    Media contact: Diana Callander - 9222 9699