- WA's finest educators and public schools acknowledged
- 10th year of the WA Education Awards
A south-eastern suburbs teacher who dazzles his students with unicycles, magic tricks and complex algebra has been named among Western Australia's best in the State's top awards for education.
Wattle Grove Primary School's Carl Sanderson was named WA Premier's Primary Teacher of the Year in the 10th WA Education Awards for his innovative approach to inspiring students.
For the past five years, Mr Sanderson has taught a combined class of the brightest 10 students from Years 4, 5 and 6 at the school.
With more than 29 years' experience, he is skilled in challenging students to question and inquire - demanding high standards while also having fun and fostering resilience.
He teaches students circus skills - riding unicycles, juggling and spinning plates - as a way to develop their co-ordination, cross-brain switching abilities and social skills.
Merredin College's Jeanette Hayden took out the accolade for WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year for her 15-year commitment to supporting local Aboriginal students to make the most of their schooling.
Mrs Hayden welcomes every Aboriginal student and their family to the college when they first enrol, and, once there, she looks out for students every day, creating the conditions for them to thrive at school.
She organises to take students to and from school, talks with families if their children are absent and ensures that students have uniforms to wear and food to eat at school.
Alongside this, Mrs Hayden teaches Noongar and has introduced professional learning for her colleagues to provide extra support for Aboriginal students.
For more information, visit the awards website.
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"It is a privilege to acknowledge outstanding teachers, leaders and school support staff who provide a high quality public education to Western Australian students.
"It's people like Jeanette Hayden and Carl Sanderson who see the potential in every child, and work hard to help every child see it too - and achieve to the best of their ability.
"I congratulate them and all the other winners and finalists for their part in making a difference in the lives of students."
Comment attributed to Carl Sanderson:
"I'm always telling my students that the willingness to work hard, persist when things are tough, and being able to bounce back from setbacks is far more important than IQ."
Comment attributed to Jeanette Hayden:
"I know from my own personal experience that education is vitally important so what I do in getting students to school is the first part of that process."
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WA Education Awards 2017 Winners:
WA Premier's Primary Teacher of the Year, sponsored by BHP
Carl Sanderson, Wattle Grove Primary School
For the past five years, Carl Sanderson has taught a class of the brightest students from Years 4, 5 and 6 at Wattle Grove Primary School, in an innovative approach to education. He seeks to challenge and inspire students intellectually, physically and emotionally. While academic outcomes have been outstanding, he is also focused on shaping resilient individuals who can be proud of their efforts.
WA Premier's Secondary Teacher of the Year, sponsored by BHP
Jade Warrington, Newton Moore Senior High School
Building robots, engineering remote controlled submarines and researching wildlife in the wetlands - authentic, real-life and hands-on experiences for students are central to Jade Warrington's teaching. The science and engineering teacher - who is also the school's STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) co-ordinator, Ms Warrington loves designing and making models alongside her students; and is keen to inspire scientists of the future.
WA Premier's Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award, sponsored by BHP
Bayulu Remote Community School
From its beginnings in 1957 on the sandy floors of a cave on the side of the Parmarrjarti Hills just south of Fitzroy Crossing as the first station school in WA, to its current day incarnation, Bayulu Remote Community School has provided education to generations of Gooniyandi and Walmajarri people. The school has strong community links and connection - with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles still coming to school events and celebrations.
WA Primary Principal of the Year, sponsored by Teachers Mutual Bank
Lisa Criddle, Allendale Primary School
Over seven years at the helm of Geraldton's Allendale Primary School, Lisa Criddle has built a true sense of community in the school. While some students face challenges in their lives, Ms Criddle has built trust and created a vision for a school of excellence. School community members are proud of their school.
WA Secondary Principal of the Year, sponsored by Teachers Mutual Bank
Armando Giglia, Butler College
Armando Giglia is a school leader who knows the value of difference. In a previous role as principal of Mirrabooka Senior High School, he led students from 58 cultures - 47 non-English speaking - and encouraged them to celebrate their differences and unite as a school. As foundation principal for Butler College, which he opened in 2012, he has steered the school's evolution to nearly 2,000 students, including those with special needs.
WA Beginning Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Edith Cowan University
Deborah Yates, Ashdale Secondary College
Deborah Yates switched careers at 37-years-old to become a secondary teacher. Caring for students across all facets of their education is important to Mrs Yates, as is running exciting new learning opportunities such as the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Day Camp for female students. She has also created a strong link to local primary schools, bringing younger students and their parents to work together on STEM projects to foster an ongoing interest as students move to secondary school.
WA Education Assistant of the Year, sponsored by hit92.9
Karen Warren, Challis Community Primary School
After working in a bank and being a victim of three armed hold-ups, Karen Warren followed her heart and pursued a career in the classroom. As an education assistant at Challis Community Primary School, she helps students with additional needs overcome challenges and learn. Her innovative program, STRIVE, ensures students get intensive and tailored support, while giving them time in mainstream classes to maintain social and academic connections with their classmates and teachers.
WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year, sponsored by Kinetic IT
Jeanette Hayden, Merredin College
Jeanette Hayden knows the power of education - and she wants her students at Merredin College to feel it too, by attending school every day and making the most of their opportunities. For the past 15 years she's been working with Aboriginal students at local schools in Merredin. Her positive impact on the 600 students from Kindergarten to Year 12 at the college in the Wheatbelt is undeniable.
WA School Services Staff Member of the Year, sponsored by Civica
Michelle Dirksz, Rockingham Senior High School
After working as a journalist for many years, wordsmith Michelle Dirksz took her love of human interest stories to school. As student support co-ordinator at Rockingham Senior High School, Ms Dirksz loves speaking with people and discovering what makes them tick. As a key part of the school's student services team and a qualified counsellor, she supports students and mentors fellow staff so they too can better meet the needs of students.
WA Primary School of the Year, sponsored by Teachers Health
Jolimont Primary School
In the classroom and in the nature playground; with robots, books and models; talking, running, playing and sharing - everything Jolimont Primary School does is captured as learning moments. With 280 students and 45 staff, the school is punching above its weight and growing rapidly with student numbers surging by 25 per cent in the past two years. High quality teaching is a defining aspect of the school, with an emphasis on feedback for students and staff.
WA Secondary School of the Year, sponsored by Fotoworks
Carine Senior High School
Carine Senior High School is aiming to be among the top public schools in the State, and is on track to meet this ambitious goal with a comprehensive approach to providing high quality education for every student and effective use of student data. Students are embracing an abundance of academic, practical and sporting opportunities in a positive team atmosphere. Academic results and other achievements are surging.