Specialist School starred at awards
ECHUCA Specialist School cleaned up at this year’s Principals’ Association of Specialist Schools (PASS) awards night, taking home the award for Outstanding VCAL Team.
On top of that, primary teacher Lesley-Ann Mouritz received the Outstanding Graduate Teacher 2018.
ESS teacher Sarah Lees said more than 200 people attended the awards night, representing about 90 specialist schools from around Victoria.
‘‘We had 12 staff on the VCAL team, some of whom have now moved on. The awards night was fantastic and to be named the top in the state is even more special,’’ she said.
‘‘Our VCAL program gives students hands-on activities to teach the VCAL learning outcomes in a different way.
‘‘We run a variety of programs including Chaos Car Cleaning, meals on wheels, Recyclability, the dairy goat farm, Twin Rivers Cafe, stud goat farm and more.
‘‘But they wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community and organisations including the Port of Echuca, Campaspe Shire Council, Back Nine golf course and Twin Rivers — just to name a few.’’
Sarah said the awards night also provided ESS staff with the opportunity to see successful programs other specialist schools are operating.
Add to this Lesley-Ann’s award and the ESS group were heading home ecstatic.
Lesley-Ann studied at La Trobe University in Bendigo before securing a job at ESS.
‘‘It was very exciting but also a little unnerving giving a speech in front of the crowd,’’ she said.
‘‘I always wanted to work in a specialist school and I love the Echuca Specialist School community, it has so many positive ties with the Echuca community.’’
WINNERS: The ESS VCAL group and graduate teacher Lesley-Ann Mouritz (front, third from left) received awards at the Principals' Association of Specialist Schools awards night.
DREAM JOB: Graduate teacher Lesley-Ann Mouritz received an award at the PASS awards night.