Im­pres­sive leader

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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