Top primary nets double honour
TO win one prestigious education award is an honour for many schools.
To win two in the same day is almost unheard of.
But that is exactly what Brookman Primary School did when they received two of the top awards in the State within a few hours of each other.
The Langford school’s dedication to STEM (Science Technology Engineering Technology) related subjects was recognised when they were awarded the Leadership Excellence Award at the Governor’s Primary STEM Awards.
The award came just hours after they were named the State’s top primary school at the WA Education Awards.
Principal Hans Geers said it was a “surreal” day for the school and one which validated their focus on STEM-related topics.
“STEM at Brookman is not an ‘add on’ nor do we have a ‘specialist STEM teacher’; STEM is embedded in what we do,” he said.
“Teachers look to incorporate STEM project-based learning as cross-curricular opportunities present themselves across all year levels from kindergarten to Year 6.”
Mr Geers praised his staff, who he said structured their classes in a way which engaged and challenged students.
“We have ensured staff are kept abreast of contemporary thinking and approaches to education without losing focus on the key areas of literacy and numeracy,” he said.
“Students love STEM projects as they offer opportunities to develop their creative, innovative and problem-solving approaches to solving real world problems relevant to them in their world.
“Today’s students need to be prepared for a future where most jobs do not currently exist.”
This year, the school became a Teacher Development School, enabling teachers from other schools to open classrooms.
Brookman staff work with the visiting teachers to help develop a strategy for STEM at their schools. MELVILLE Senior High School student and Thornlie resident Dean Morris has a $15,000 Pilots of Tomorrow Scholarship, after going up against a number of other Perth applicants.
The 15-year-old has been selected in the program, a joint initiative by The Honourable Company of Air Pilots and Flight Experience Perth, enabling younger aspiring aviators to achieve their dreams.
It is designed to expose teenagers to the exciting world of aviation and especially careers as pilots.
According to aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus, more than 600,000 pilots are needed over the next 20 years.
Flight Experience Perth director and former pilot Peter Chin said there had never been a better time to consider a career as an airline pilot.
“I flew for Qantas and Emirates over the last 30 years, and to have the chance to share my experiences with young people is extremely rewarding,” he said.
“Our Pilots of Tomorrow program will give young kids a chance to see what it’s like to have your ‘office at 40,000 feet’ with the most spectacular views above the world.”