Py­ers tops state awards

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Hor­sham Col­lege prin­ci­pal Rob Py­ers has won statewide recog­ni­tion for lead­ing ‘a ma­jor re­vival’ of the school dur­ing the past five years.

Mr Py­ers claimed the state’s Out­stand­ing Se­condary Prin­ci­pal cat­e­gory at pres­ti­gious Vic­to­rian Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­cel­lence Awards.

The award, which placed him at the pin­na­cle of Vic­to­rian se­condary school lead­er­ship, was based on his di­rec­tion in re­vers­ing de­clin­ing stu­dent num­bers, re­build­ing com­mu­nity con­fi­dence and ed­u­ca­tion re­sults at the school.

Mr Py­ers, who ac­cepted the award dur­ing pre­sen­ta­tions at Mel­bourne’s Re­gent Theatre on Fri­day, said he felt priv­i­leged and hon­oured to win.

But he was quick to stress the ac­co­lade was re­flec­tive of an over­all team ap­proach.

“It is much more about my staff and the com­mu­nity than my­self. The school doesn’t run on one per­son. It runs on a whole team work­ing to­gether,” he said.

“Dur­ing the past four-and-a-half years the way we have gone about what we are do­ing as a col­lec­tive has es­tab­lished broad con­fi­dence in the di­rec­tion the school is head­ing.

“We are re­al­is­tic about the po­si­tion we are in and what we are try­ing to achieve.

“We have some lofty goals and we know the jour­ney is not fin­ished. We’re all on the same page. When we have vis­i­tors who come into the school to learn from what we’ve done, they talk about the ‘lan­guage’ of the school.

“Ev­ery­one is talk­ing the same lan­guage about what we are try­ing to achieve.”

Mr Py­ers said he was proud of and for­tu­nate to have been a ‘prod­uct of the Wim­mera’.

“I am very proud to have grad­u­ated from War­rackn­abeal pri­mary and se­condary schools and I wouldn’t be do­ing what I’m do­ing now with­out the teach­ers who in­spired me,” he said.

Mr Py­ers’ award ci­ta­tion show­cased his lead­er­ship: ‘‘Robert es­tab­lished a dis­tribu­tive lead­er­ship struc­ture and pro­fes­sional learn­ing com­mu­ni­ties. This has cre­ated a col­le­gial cli­mate at Hor­sham Col­lege, which staff mem­bers have em­braced. The school’s cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment, teach­ing prac­tices and stu­dent learn­ing out­comes have trans­formed. The school has in­tro­duced a whole-school lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy plan. The plan is based on com­mon as­sess­ments and an in­struc­tional teach­ing model. Hor­sham Col­lege has achieved sig­nif­i­cant gains in nu­mer­acy, lit­er­acy and VCE re­sults.”

The awards in­cluded 30 across nine cat­e­gories. fi­nal­ists

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