Award recog­nises school’s cre­ativ­ity

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Education - Ali­cia Perera

■ 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.

Pic­ture: Kar­ratha Se­nior High School

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.

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