Mak­ing the grade

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Kristie Lim

NOMINATIONS for the WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards will help grow aware­ness and pride in school com­mu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to War­ri­a­pendi Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Natasha Doyle.

Ms Doyle has nom­i­nated her Balga school in this year’s pri­mary school of the year cat­e­gory for the first time.

Schools have un­til June 29 to nom­i­nate their teach­ers, prin­ci­pals and staff mem­bers in 11 cat­e­gories.

Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Sue Ellery said the awards recog­nised the schools, teach­ers and sup­port staff who had an in­cred­i­ble im­pact on stu­dents’ lives.

Ms Doyle urged peo­ple to sup­port the nom­i­na­tion process, which gave the com­mu­nity a “sense of in­clu­sion” in ed­u­ca­tion.

“These awards al­low peo­ple to show how much they value in­di­vid­ual teach­ers and the good ed­u­ca­tion that the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion of­fers to all WA stu­dents,” she said.

“Our school de­cided to nom­i­nate for this award to recog­nise the fan­tas­tic ef­forts of a team that in­cludes the school com­mu­nity, staff and stu­dents work­ing to­gether to achieve amaz­ing suc­cess.

“Although our stu­dents face mul­ti­ple chal­lenges in their young lives, they meet and ex­ceed all aca­demic chal­lenges placed on them.”

The school’s nom­i­na­tion came af­ter re­ceiv­ing pos­i­tive re­sults in a De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion re­view.

“It is not about awards but more about recog­nis­ing the achieve­ments of the stu­dents and the hard work of the staff to make War­ri­a­pendi a safe place where stu­dents can learn and reach their full po­ten­tial,” Ms Doyle said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d483233

Prin­ci­pal Natasha Doyle with Jorja de Re­sario and Paw Tha Sue Htoo.

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