Pyers tops state awards
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