Miallo teacher up for award

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessie Tol­son

MIALLO State School teacher David Budge is a fi­nal­ist in the Na­tional Ex­cel­lence in Teach­ing Awards.

Mr Budge was nom­i­nated by an anony­mous par­ent for the award for his hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.

Now in its 20th year, the NEiTA pro­gram, sup­ported by the Aus­tralian Schol­ar­ships Group (ASG), gives com­mu­ni­ties the op­por­tu­nity to for­mally thank their hard-work­ing and in­spi­ra­tional ed­u­ca­tors and lead­ers.

This year, NEiTA re­ceived 1558 nom­i­na­tions from par­ents, grand­par­ents, sec­ondary stu­dent coun­cils, school boards/coun­cils, par­ent as­so­ci­a­tions, com­mit­tees of man­age­ment and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions who wanted to cel­e­brate out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tors in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr Budge said he is flat­tered to have been nom­i­nated.

‘‘I was shocked to hear that some­one went to all the ef­fort to nom­i­nate me,’’ he said. ‘‘It makes all the hard work worth­while. ‘‘The school is re­ally good, and the stu­dents we have here are bril­liant.

‘‘We show the kids how and what they are learn­ing and that learn­ing can be fun.

‘‘We test them which shows them their re­sults and that they have im­proved and the kids are happy.’’

On Oc­to­ber 25, 60 teach­ers will be an­nounced as the State and Ter­ri­tory Award re­cip­i­ents and early next year, NEiTA will an­nounce the Na­tional Award re­cip­i­ents.

No mat­ter the out­come, Miallo State School thinks Mr Budge is a win­ner.

Pic­ture: JESSIE TOL­SON

UP FOR AWARD: David Budge with stu­dents Eva Mel­lows and Holly Brodie

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