Top award recog­nises prin­ci­pal’s lead­er­ship

Stirling Times - - Let’s Eat -

BALGA Se­nior High School prin­ci­pal Ge­off Har­ris is one of five prin­ci­pals to be awarded the na­tional 2017 John Laing Award ear­lier this month.

The award recog­nises the work and com­mit­ment to ed­u­ca­tion and con­sis­tent demon­stra­tion of out­stand­ing school lead­er­ship and hon­our high­lyre­spected for­mer Tas­ma­nian prin­ci­pal John Laing.

Prin­ci­pals Aus­tralia In­sti­tute chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Geyer said the award was highly re­spected and sought af­ter and that out­stand­ing school lead­er­ship had never been more in­flu­en­tial in shap­ing so­ci­ety.

“We live in a com­plex, fast­mov­ing world with many pres­sures and in­flu­ences on chil­dren and it is im­por­tant they re­ceive the ap­pro­pri­ate guid­ance and ed­u­ca­tion to pre­pare them for their adult lives,” he said.

“Prin­ci­pals recog­nised by the John Laing Awards ex­em­plify the high stan­dard of lead- er­ship re­quired and ex­pected of the con­tem­po­rary school leader,” added Mr Geyer.

“Great school lead­er­ship equates to a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and in­spires both staff and students to be the best they can be.”

Mr Har­ris, who has worked in the de­vel­op­ment of ef­fec­tive teach­ing and learn­ing pro­grams for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der students, said he was hon­oured to re­ceive the award.

He has also co-or­di­nated a ma­jor work­shop fo­cus­ing on so­lu­tions to fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity peace and safety and was re­cently in­vited to present at the World Indige­nous Peo­ples Con­fer­ence on Ed­u­ca­tion in Canada.

Balga Se­nior High School prin­ci­pal Ge­off Har­ris has re­ceived the pres­ti­gious John Laing Award.

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