2016 Winners

​Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education

Jacqui Gore

Warrnambool Primary School

Jacqui Gore is adored by her students, admired by colleagues and respected by her community. For 18 years, she has devoted herself to enhancing the lives of children and their families in Warrnambool.

Jacqui has fostered extensive and strong ties with the local Koorie community and has developed sophisticated curriculum programs aimed at building indigenous awareness, identity and pride.

She has designed a wellbeing program to strengthen emotional intelligence, and a global citizens program to help students appreciate, contribute to and find their place in the world.

Jacqui sees beyond the school gates and applies herself with a deep moral purpose to Warrnambool Primary's vision of 'caring for the whole child'.

Jacqui is an advocate, leader and enabler of positive sustainable change.

Outstanding Koorie Education Award

Warrnambool Primary School

Changing the Tide @ Jamo - Koorie Inclusion

Warrnambool Primary School's game-changing 'Changing the Tide' program started a decade ago, when the school had few Koorie students and gave limited attention to local culture and history.

Ten years later the school, affectionately known as 'Jamo', is almost 10 per cent Koorie students and has developed a local Indigenous curriculum that is used as a case study by Bastow Institute and the Department of Education and Training.

The Koorie curriculum was developed with the help of local Elders, and helps build cultural pride and connections with both the school and community.

Changing the Tide @ Jamo is an inclusive education program that brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, fostered on the belief that understanding breaks down barriers. The program has delivered positive outcomes for all students, including improvements in Koorie attendance, engagement, wellbeing and achievement.


Outstanding Inclusive Education Award

Williamstown North Primary School

Inclusive Education - From Theory to Innovative Practice​

Diversity is celebrated at Williamstown North Primary School and inclusion is considered everybody's core business'.
 
As one of only a handful of schools awarded accreditation from AMAZE (formerly Autism Victoria), staff go to great lengths to support their 740 students' individual learning abilities and needs.
 
Following six years of intensive work and innovation, the school has successfully embedded an inclusive culture informed by research, experience and a belief that all children can succeed.
 
An Inclusion Coordinator was appointed and the 'Butterfly Room' established to provide lessons and support for students with additional needs, as well as a dedicated space for staff and parent interactions and professional learning.
 
With almost 10 percent of students having a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or related behavioural characteristics, the school's suite of bespoke initiatives puts it at the forefront of inclusive learning.

Outstanding School Advancement Award

Northern Bay P-12 College

Tallis Street Campus

The Tallis Street Campus of Northern Bay College is a small school with a big story to tell.

In 2014, just 8 per cent of staff agreed that staff morale was high, and 13 per cent believed that students were motivated to learn. In 2016, the same survey shows 96 and 85 per cent respectively.

This dramatic turnaround is the result of a 'flip it' approach by a caring and determined leadership team. Moving from punitive to positive in moderating student behaviour, the Tallis Street team inspired a school-wide cultural revolution with outstanding results.

With a focus on student learning data, collaborative teaching models and engaging new curriculum with partners such as Ford and Deakin University, staff and student outcomes continue to soar for this proud school.


Outstanding Education Support Team Award

Maryborough Education Centre - Specialist Setting   

Flourishing in an Inclusive School

One of just two combined P-12 and Special Schools in Victoria, Maryborough Education Centre believes it has developed a blueprint for inclusive education.
 
Integrating mainstream and supported classes on one site, the school's exceptional team of teacher assistants is providing a boost to learning and social outcomes that are far exceeding initial expectations.
 
The team describes an 'unexpected magic' between its mainstream and special students, with positive outcomes for both anticipated well into the future.
 
The teacher assistants provide support and mentoring to their colleagues, students and families alike – easing the way for students of all abilities to achieve in academic, interpersonal and social arenas.
 
The proud team has watched a number of students transition entirely into mainstream classes, while others move seamlessly in and out of areas based on their needs.

Outstanding Business Manager Award

Shirley Niblett

Lara Secondary College  

Shirley Niblett is devoted to building capacity and excellence in business managers in Victorian government schools. Described by her Principal as her greatest asset, Shirley has instigated numerous programs and efficiencies to make life easier for staff, students and parents alike at Lara Secondary College.
 
While delivering the highest standards in her own demanding role, Shirley also invests much time developing learning opportunities for her professional peers.

She established the North Network for Business Managers across 27 primary and secondary schools, and the Geelong Secondary Schools Business Managers Association.

Shirley sets ambitious goals for herself and provides mentoring and support to others to strive for the same.

Outstanding Primary Teacher Award

Jacqui Gore

Warrnambool Primary School

Jacqui Gore is adored by her students, admired by colleagues and respected by her community. For 18 years, she has devoted herself to enhancing the lives of children and their families in Warrnambool.

Jacqui has fostered extensive and strong ties with the local Koorie community and has developed sophisticated curriculum programs aimed at building indigenous awareness, identity and pride.

She has designed a wellbeing program to strengthen emotional intelligence, and a global citizens program to help students appreciate, contribute to and find their place in the world.

Jacqui sees beyond the school gates and applies herself with a deep moral purpose to Warrnambool Primary's vision of 'caring for the whole child'.

Jacqui is an advocate, leader and enabler of positive sustainable change.

Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award

Hayley Dureau

Mount Waverley Secondary College

When a teacher calls her class a boot camp, you know she means business. But Hayley Dureau doesn't expect push-ups from her students – just some serious number crunching!

In 2013, Hayley identified a learning gap in some of her maths students and swiftly responded with before-school lessons to bring them up to speed. The initiative has since increased engagement in maths across her senior classes. 

Hayley is passionate about student-teacher relationships and has led a whole-school transformation in student voice and leadership. She has also enriched learning experiences by supporting students' participation in community events and award nominations. 

Hayley is a teaching dynamo, considered a leader and innovator in her profession. She has presented at local, national and overseas forums, and has undertaken post-graduate studies to further her teaching competencies.

Outstanding Primary Principal Award

Jenny Manuel

Wilmot Road Primary School 


When Jenny Manuel saw her school named in a Melbourne newspaper as one of the lowest performing in reading, she resolved that Wilmot Road Primary would not be that statistic again.

Engaging two leading literacy and numeracy experts, Jenny simultaneously improved teaching and learning outcomes – arming staff and students alike with the tools and tenacity to take them forward.


Jenny has also worked tirelessly to give her school a voice and a profile in the local community – sitting on committees, visiting organisations and forging partnerships to build mutually-beneficial connections.
Leading a linguistically and culturally diverse school community, Jenny believes in the value of belonging and seeks constantly to create opportunities that build trust, enthusiasm and connection for her students with their education journey and wider community.


 

Outstanding Secondary Principal Award

Peter Corkill

John Monash Science School

Peter Corkill feels genuinely privileged to lead Victoria's first school specialising in science, mathematics and associated technologies.

Since 2010, Peter has led and inspired an innovative team – delivering a curriculum edge for over 600 students at the John Monash Science School annually.

In partnership with Monash University, Peter has developed an engaging program of emerging STEM studies – utilising Monash's high-tech facilities, leading educators, researchers and industry experts.

Classes are also accessible for aspiring young scientists in regional and remote Victoria through Peter's extensive work in developing the Emerging Sciences Victoria online suite of outreach programs, as well as an annual Science Exchange for 30 regional students.

Peter's vision, pride and enthusiasm for his school resonate through his students' success – with some 85 percent moving in to STEM university courses annually.