2016 Governor's School STEM Awards - Winners Announced
St Mary's Anglican Girls' School - Junior School - Winner Leadership Excellence Award in the Primary Category
John Curtin College of the Arts - Winner Leadership Excellence Award in the Secondary Category
Excellence in STEM education was celebrated at the 2016 Governor’s School STEM Awards presentation ceremony, hosted by Her Excellency the Governor on Thursday, 24 November 2016.
The Awards, now in their second year, recognise the support and commitment of school principals and leadership teams in developing their schools' science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs.
St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School – Junior School and John Curtin College of the Arts received the overall Leadership Excellence Awards, and Rosalie Primary School and Ashdale Secondary College were recognised with the Meritorious Leadership Awards.
“All 10 finalists can be proud that they are undertaking excellent work to promote STEM within their schools, and the broader community” the Governor said.
Her Excellency emphasised that quality teaching, and strong support within school leadership teams, are key to encouraging students to better understand the possibilities that studying science and mathematics brings.
“I am passionate about ensuring that young people receive an outstanding science and mathematics education, as STEM is where many of the opportunities of the future will lie”
“After all, the fastest growing occupations of the future are forecast to be high skilled, and grounded in STEM disciplines, and we owe it to our young people to ensure they are prepared for the workforce of the future,” Her Excellency said.
Her Excellency extended a special thanks to the independent judges, and the coordinating committee led by the Office of Science, with representatives from the Department of Education, Catholic Education Western Australia, the Association of Independent Schools, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, the Science Teachers Association of Western Australia, the Mathematical Association of Western Australia, and Scitech.
Rosalie Primary School - Winner Meritorious Leadership Award in the Primary Category
Ashdale Secondary College - Winner Meritorious Leadership Award in the Secondary Category
The winners and finalists in each category are:
Primary School Category
Leadership Excellence Award (winner):St Mary’s Anglican Girls' School - Junior School Meritorious Leadership Award (runner-up): Rosalie Primary School
Finalist:Parkwood Primary School
Finalist: Penrhos College - Junior School
Finalist: Perth College - Junior School
Secondary School Category
Leadership Excellence Award (winner):John Curtin College of the Arts
Meritorious Leadership Award (runner-up):Ashdale Secondary College
Finalist: Como Secondary College
Finalist:Penrhos College - Senior School
Finalist: Perth Modern School
GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL STEM AWARDS 2015 ANNOUNCED
10 outstanding Western Australian schools have been recognised as the inaugural finalists of the Governor’s School STEM Awards, with four overall winners.
Her Excellency was delighted to present the Awards, which celebrate school leadership in science and mathematics education, at a ceremony hosted on 3 December at Government House.
Rosalie Primary School and Newton Moore Senior High School received the overall Leadership Excellence Awards, and Beaconsfield Primary School and John Curtin College of the Arts were both recognised for Meritorious Leadership.
· Armadale Primary School
· Georgiana Molloy Anglican School
· Leeming Senior High School
· Lesmurdie Primary School
· Penrhos College
· Perth Modern School
Meritorious Leadership Award:
· Beaconsfield Primary School
· John Curtin College of the Arts
Leadership Excellence Award:
· Rosalie Primary School
· Newton Moore Senior High School
“I believe that the development of STEM skills is very important for our future prosperity as a nation, as Australia needs innovation, and we need a scientifically literate community” Her Excellency said.
“The Governor’s School STEM Awards recognises that quality teaching and learning are key to developing young people’s interest in STEM subjects, and identifies that school leadership teams are vital to the overall process”
Her Excellency thanked those who participated in the award development committees, as well as the Primary School and Secondary School category judging panels.
A special thanks was extended to the Office of Science, the Minister for Education, Department of Education, Catholic Education Western Australia, the Association of Independent Schools, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, the Science Teachers Association of Western Australia, the Mathematical Association of Western Australia, and Scitech.
Her Excellency is delighted to announce the inaugural Governor’s School STEM Awards (STEM Awards), launched on 28 and 29 April at Lesmurdie Primary School, and John Curtin College of the Arts.
“I am delighted that the school systems and sectors, the Office of Science, the Department of Education, the Mathematical Association of Western Australia (MAWA), the Science Teachers’ Association of Western Australia (STAWA) and Scitech, as well as the Curriculum and Standards Authority, the Independent Schools Association and the Catholic Education Commission have come together to support me to introduce this award, recognising schools that demonstrate leadership in encouraging and supporting the enrichment of their science and mathematics programs”
“Today’s students will be the innovative workforce of the future. I believe that this State has the capacity and capability to be a leader in science – and this excellence needs to start at the school level by encouraging students to engage with STEM subjects.
“I am passionate about inspiring young people to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and encouraging them to consider careers in STEM-related fields. Quality teaching and learning is vital in developing this interest” Her Excellency said.
The STEM Awards will recognise the Principal and leadership team from two primary schools and two secondary schools/colleges for their support and leadership in developing and aligning the school’s STEM education program.
The MAWA, the STAWA and Scitech will provide information on the participation levels in their various awards and programs. This information will be used to prepare a shortlist of schools that will be considered for the STEM Awards. Additional information will then be sought from these schools by a judging panel, whose members will then make recommendations to the Governor.
More information about these eligible programs is available on the STAWA, MAWA, Office of Science and Scitech website, Leading Science Issue Two and the STEM Awards flyer.
Launch of the Governor's School STEM Awards at Lesmurdie Primary School
28 April 2015
Launch of the Governor's School STEM Awards at John Curtin College of the Arts
29 April 2015
Photographs courtesy of Cam Campbell