CAROLYN Press is proud to be recognised as one of WA’s top primary school principals but she says credit belongs to her whole school for living out its motto – ‘our best’ – every day.
Ms Press, one of 43 finalists across 11 categories in this year’s WA Education Awards, has spent 11 years at Subiaco Primary School, including the past eight as principal.
She was announced this week as a finalist in the WA Primary Principal of the Year category.
Ms Press said if she was named the overall winner she would be grateful to receive the award on behalf of 75 dedicated staff, 450 families and 660 children.
“I think it is important for our staff to be recognised for the work that they do,” she said.
“Everyone works as part of a team to bring out the best in one another.”
At Subiaco PS Ms Press has helped to introduce digital technologies and higher-order thinking into the learning program.
“With this in mind, for the last five years we have had a one-on-one iPad program in years 4-6 and we integrate technology across all learning areas from kindergarten to Year 6,” she said.
She said the school also introduced initiatives to build students’ resilience, social and emotional health including peer mediation, mindfulness, chess, sustainability, first aid and a social justice group.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery described the annual awards as an opportunity to acknowledge inspiring teachers, principals, support staff and public schools.
“I think every one of us can remember a stand-out teacher or other staff from our school days – and today’s group of educators is being rightly acknowledged for the mark they are making on students’ lives,” she said.