WESTDALE Public School has come top of the class at a regional education awards ceremony.
The school was recognised as the district’s cream of the crop in four categories of the New England Excellence in Education Public School awards held at Gunnedah High School yesterday.
Year 6 student Ashley Maunder picked up a student achievement gong, Kerrie Shaw was acknowledged for excellence in teaching practice, while the school as a whole received two awards – one for excellence in teaching and learning, and one for excellence in community partnerships.
Principal Julie Kirk said she was “really proud,” of the results, citing the school’s holistic approach as a reason for its success.
“It’s one of those things, it’s a big team effort,” she said.
“We have a whole-school approach to what we do ... and we evaluate what we do and provide those things for our kids.
“We continually win awards because we put ourselves out there,” she added.
Other notable award winners on the day were Peel High School’s Ryan Parker and Inverell High School’s Madeleine Bower, who each took out top gongs in the student achievement by a Year 12 student category.
Teaching and Learning – Westdale Public School
Innovation – Gunnedah South Public School and Duval High School
Aboriginal Education – Gunnedah South Public School
Sports Education – Narrabri Public School
School/Community Partnerships – Westdale Public School
Student Wellbeing – Narrabri Community of Schools Transition Program
The Arts – Carroll Public School
Student Achievement by a student in Year 12 – Madeleine Bower (Inverell High School) and Ryan Parker (Peel High School)
Student Achievement by a student in Year 6 – Ashley Maunder (Westdale Public School)
Contribution to Education – Karen Psarakis (Tamworth High School)
Contribution Beyond the Classroom – Louise Holley (Tenterfield High School)
Student Leadership by a student in Year 12 – Zac Curry (Tenterfield High School) and Alex McKenzie (Oxley High School)
Student Leadership by a student in Year 6 – Tyson Small (GS Kidd School)
Teaching Practice – Kerrie Shaw (Westdale Public School) and Penelope McCue (Armidale High School)
Development of Teaching Practice – Tom Model (Duval High School)
Educational Support – Robert Aitken and Dawn Pottie (Tingha Public School)
Ambassador for Public Education – James (Jim) White (former student of Black Mountain Public School and Armidale High School)