School recog­nised

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

■ Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School has been ac­knowl­edged as one of the State’s top public schools last week, af­ter it was an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist in two cat­e­gories in the 2015 WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards.

Bayn­ton West Pri­mary was a fi­nal­ist in the WA Premier’s Ex­cel­lence in Abo­rig­i­nal Ed­u­ca­tion Award and prin­ci­pal Lisa Ledger was also an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist in the WA Pri­mary School Leader of the Year cat­e­gory.

Ms Ledger said she was very hum­bled to be nom­i­nated as a fi­nal­ist and rep­re­sent Kar­ratha Ed­u­ca­tion on a Statewide stage.

“I just love what I do, I’ve been a teacher for more than 30 years and this school is ev­ery­thing to me,” she said.

“To come to a school ev­ery day where I’ve got 600 awe­some chil­dren, highly in­volved fam­i­lies, great staff and strong school lead­ers … I just feel like I’ve hit the jack­pot.

“Fam­i­lies who think they are get­ting a raw deal with ed­u­ca­tion when they come to Kar­ratha can think again … the pro­grams we have on of­fer here are world­class.”

Ms Ledger said she was pas­sion­ate about clos­ing the gap be­tween the achieve­ment of Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents in Kar­ratha.

“When we look at our data, it tells us we are do­ing a good job with our Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents who are mak­ing valu­able progress,” she said.

“We have got 80 per cent av­er­age at­ten­dance of Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents which is not where it needs to be but it’s cer­tainly mak­ing strong progress to get up to that 90 per cent min­i­mum tar­get.

“We also work closely with the high school to make sure Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren are sup­ported through tran­si­tion be­cause that’s where we lose some of our kids.

“We want to teach the kids to value their tra­di­tional lan­guages and but also how to make that jump be­tween di­alect and stan­dard Aus­tralian English so the kids have power and choice in their lives.”

South Hed­land Pri­mary School’s Ade­line Mon­aghan was also a Pil­bara fi­nal­ist for WA Premier’s Pri­mary Teacher of the Year award.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier con­grat­u­lated the 44 fi­nal­ists and said the awards were a great way to celebrate the out­stand­ing work of staff in public schools.

Award win­ners will be an­nounced on Novem­ber 30. Visit http://www.ed­u­ca­tion.wa. to view all fi­nal­ists.

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