Award recognises school’s creativity
■ Karratha Senior High School has won a national award for innovation in education.
The school was recognised for “future projects that support new and creative thinking in professional practice, aimed at improving student outcomes in rural and remote settings” by the Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia.
Deputy principal Jennifer McMahon travelled to Victoria’s Deakin University for the national conference from November 4-6 to accept the award on the school’s behalf.
The win is the result of several new teaching and learning programs at the school. They include collaborative teaching which allows teachers to get constructive classroom feedback from their peers, and a specialised remedial literacy and numeracy program for Year 7-9 students.
The programs are funded by the Karratha Education Initiative.
Principal Greg Kelly said the school was striving to help students meet the recently raised WACE standards.
“As a school, we are measured against what students achieve, so it’s important for us to identify where our areas of need are and allocate resources to meet the needs of students,” he said.
“We need to put strategies in place now to ensure that every student has the best possible opportunity to achieve positive outcomes.”
The school will bring on several literacy and numeracy specialists and a teacher development coach next year to further boost teaching standards.
Mr Kelly said the award showed Karratha Senior High School’s commitment to improving learning for teachers and students alike.
“What this award does is recognise the fact that we are being creative and innovative in the way we’re going about (improving professional practice),” he said.
KSHS principal Greg Kelly, literacy and numeracy program students Shae Hawkes, 16, and Kayla Thorburn, 16, and deputy principal Jennifer McMahon with the SPERA award.