2015 Winners

​2015 Victorian Education Excellence Awards winners

Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education

Sunshine College
Sunshine College Maths Team 

Sunshine College has gained international recognition for its Maths Team’s extraordinary success. Since 2009, the dedicated team has designed, refined and delivered a school-wide, inclusive maths program that has dramatically improved student outcomes.

The complex and multi-faceted program addresses all learning needs, from students performing above expectations to those with learning difficulties. It has resonated as effectively with disengaged learners as it has with high achievers – delivering unexpected personal spin-offs as well as anticipated achievement outcomes.

Constant collaboration as well as high-level professional development for teachers delivering the program has been critical to success, and the pioneering work is now being modelled across other curriculum areas at the college.

Local and global interest in the program has seen Sunshine College share its expertise at national forums and international education conferences.

Outstanding Secondary Principal Award

Anthony Rodaughan
Kurnai College

Located in the heart of the Latrobe Valley, Kurnai College is a multi-campus school with a diverse cultural and socio-economic community.

Passionate about the school’s motto – ‘Pathways to Success’ – Principal Anthony Rodaughan is committed to giving every student the tools, support and opportunity to succeed.

He has worked hard to build a dynamic and caring leadership team and strong relationships with a wide range of external partners to bring additional resources and broad pathway choices to his students.

From programs for young mothers to partnerships with local TAFEs, Anthony has delivered outstanding outcomes for students, the school and the wider community. The school achieved its highest ever VCE results in 2014, VCAL participation has improved and, this year, 17 Indigenous students commenced Year 12 – the largest number since the school was established.

Outstanding Primary Principal Award

Leanne Edwards
Bass Valley Primary School

Leanne Edwards has led the way at Bass Valley Primary School in developing programs to focus on student wellbeing and effective learning.

The school’s positive behaviours – ‘Be a Learner, Be Respectful, Be a Friend and Be Safe’ – outline the expected behaviours of everyone at the school, and have become the foundation for the school’s success.

The school has extremely high expectations of all students – regardless of background or personal circumstances – and the students embraced these expectations.

The school’s motto that ‘Every student is important, every teacher is an asset, every parent is a partner’ underlines the importance of teachers, students and parents working together to provide a great education.

Through data analysis and reflection, Leanne and her staff have identified areas of improvement, brought the school community closer together and lifted student outcomes.

Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award

Robert Sbaglia
Crusoe 7-10 Secondary College

Maths is memorable at Crusoe College in Bendigo. Robert Sbaglia has spearheaded significant changes within his classroom and across the school – rebuilding the maths curriculum by creating more than a hundred rich tasks using contemporary teaching tools.

Mobile and video technology, QR codes and blogs deliver maths learning experiences where students identify what they know, and what they need to know next. They then choose tasks that match their learning needs. The tasks require students to express their understandings in new ways – playing and creating games, constructing models and other interactive activities.​

Robert’s approach has been adopted by all of the school’s maths teachers in years 7 to 9.

Robert has also influenced the school’s science curriculum with lessons by real-life scientists and a diverse range of themed units in chemistry and physics.

 

Outstanding Primary Teacher Award

Sarah Asome
Bentleigh West Primary School

Sarah Asome is passionate about helping children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties reach their full potential.

In addition to her role as a Foundation to Year 2 teacher, Sarah supports teachers to profile students’ strengths and weaknesses.

Her efforts have had a dramatic effect on student achievement, and her team’s highly-regarded methods have been mirrored by numerous neighbouring schools.

Colleagues seek advice, support and guidance from Sarah on a daily basis, and parents approach her without hesitation.​​​

Sarah’s passion and enthusiasm extends beyond the school gate. She has presented at numerous Australian Dyslexia Association support groups and has even taken time out on personal holidays to visit and advise schools in other states.

Outstanding Business Manager Award

Fiona Kirby
Old Orchard Primary School

Fiona Kirby is the first to admit that being a business manager makes her the designated ‘go to’ person for her school – and she loves it!

From first aid and fix-it requests to her official business manager duties, Fiona enjoys the diversity of her role and the opportunities to lead, contribute and add value whenever she can.

Fiona sits on her school’s finance committee, school council and the parents’ association, which all give her different perspectives about school life. She has also been instrumental in coordinating large fundraisers and event days, which she finds particularly rewarding.

Fiona has introduced new social media technology to keep parents updated, and has improved administration processes to simplify parent-school transactions.​​

Fiona says she sees her role as contributing to “the best possible educational experience for all students”.

Outstanding Education Support Team Award

Mornington Primary School
Education Support Officer (ESO) Team

With over 100 years of experience between them, the nine members of the Education Support Team at Mornington Primary School have an enormous skill set that is delivering outstanding student learning and wellbeing outcomes.

The team works hard to identity learning gaps and opportunities and to develop targeted programs and solutions. Literacy and numeracy programs, speech support, playground and social skills activities, student welfare initiatives and before and after school care programs have all been enhanced by the collective effort of the ESO Team.

The team meets regularly with their Principal, leading and classroom teachers as well as specialist and support staff to review and refine the many initiatives they contribute to. They are committed to building every student’s confidence and self-esteem – believing it the key to success in improving individual learning and wellbeing.

Outstanding School Advancement Award

Sunshine College
Sunshine College Maths Team

Sunshine College has gained international recognition for its Maths Team’s extraordinary success. Since 2009, the dedicated team has designed, refined and delivered a school-wide, inclusive maths program that has dramatically improved student outcomes.

The complex and multi-faceted program addresses all learning needs, from students performing above expectations to those with learning difficulties. It has resonated as effectively with disengaged learners as it has with high achievers – delivering unexpected personal spin-offs as well as anticipated achievement outcomes.

Constant collaboration as well as high-level professional development for teachers delivering the program has been critical to success, and the pioneering work is now being modelled across other curriculum areas at the college.

Local and global interest in the program has seen Sunshine College share its expertise at national forums and international education conferences.

Outstanding Inclusive Education Award

Katandra School
The Katandra Project

Katandra School is a special education setting for primary aged students who have an intellectual disability. Thanks to a groundbreaking approach, the specialised skills of Katandra staff are having a positive impact way beyond their own classrooms.

In a train-the-trainer style program, Katandra staff are sharing their extensive knowledge and experience with teachers at mainstream schools where students’ intellectual disability, engagement difficulties and/or behavioural concerns have been identified.

The Katandra Project provides a visiting ‘coach’ and support resources that increase the confidence and capacity of teachers to support children with additional needs enrolled in mainstream schools.

The impact of the project has, in many cases, shown outstanding and immediate outcomes with noted improvements not only in student learning but overall engagement levels.​

The Katandra Project epitomises the school’s vision to make inclusive education accessible and achievable for all.

Outstanding Koorie Education Award

Northern Bay P-12 College
Koorie Education Program

A focus on identity, culture and aspirations is transforming outcomes for Indigenous students at Northern Bay College. The Koorie Education Team works hard to ensure students stay engaged in learning and focussed on their future.

Forums, camps, leadership and career pathway programs are among the many opportunities offered at the college to strengthen the personal development, cultural pride and achievement outcomes of its Indigenous students.

Checks are also in place to provide ongoing insight into every students’ learning progress, wellbeing and individual needs.

Relationships with community and Indigenous Elders have also been forged – with local history and connections now reflected in school events and curriculum.​

Significant improvements to attendance and academic performance have been demonstrated and the college has received much positive feedback from the school community.