Outstanding Business Manager Award
Nicole Tudor, Christmas Hills Primary School
Nicole Tudor brings a wholehearted passion for sound operational and financial management to her role as business manager at Christmas Hills Primary School. She has established the systems, processes and procedures that have made it possible for the school to function with consistency and transparency. Her knowledge of the school and its budget, human resource processes, employment agreements, banking, grants, purchasing and facilities maintenance have allowed the school to operate successfully over several busy years.
Like many business managers working in a small school setting, Nicole’s role has required her to service many school requirements beyond her official job title. She has worked as an integration aide and takes an interest in the care and development of every student. She is also involved in community liaison, administration, occupational health and safety and is the first aid coordinator.
Nicole also manages all school council business, participates in professional development and volunteers for school fundraising events.
Nicole’s systematic approach to these multiple roles has allowed the school to improve its financial position and consistently deliver outstanding results for its students.
Outstanding Primary Teacher Award
Dimple Bhardwaj, Hillsmeade Primary School
Dimple Bhardwaj approaches her role as Year 5 teacher at Hillsmeade Primary School by caring for her students and being genuinely interested in their progress.
Dimple is a data-driven professional, combining evidence and prodigious research with her natural enthusiasm for teaching. She engages in regular professional learning to ensure that she is utilising current educational research to provide the best learning opportunities for her students.
Dimple is engaged in the Department of Education and Training’s Primary Mathematics and Science Specialist (PMSS) initiative, which trains primary school teachers to be mathematics and science specialists. Dimple enjoys sharing what she learns in this and other learning activities with her colleagues.
As the school’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) Learning Specialist, Dimple is engaged in a range of STEAM-related projects and activities across the school and collaborates regularly with her peers to develop their capacity and confidence in the explicit teaching of STEAM.
Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award
Broady Kata, Officer Secondary College
Broady Kata, English and Humanities teacher at Officer Secondary College, believes that students can achieve more than they imagine if they are given the tools, support and encouragement to meet high expectations. He encourages a culture of student leadership and agency in the school, giving students the opportunity to conceive, implement and run a variety of activities and projects.
As facilitator of both the English and Humanities Professional Learning Communities, Broady supports his colleagues to develop their teaching skills and creates an environment where they can share their own experiences.
Broady strongly supports inclusive and culturally safe learning environments and has run a number of lesson sequences for all year levels to build student understanding in this area.
Broady has a strong focus on his students. His deep commitment to their academic success and wellbeing is evidenced in the high performance levels demonstrated by his classes and his successful leadership of the Positive Behaviour Supports program.
Outstanding Primary Principal Award
Michelle Bickley-Miller, Warrnambool East Primary School
For Michelle Bickley-Miller, principal of Warrnambool East Primary School, the essence of the education experience is found through cultivating positive relationships. The range of programs and initiatives she has led have impacted many different areas of school activity, and have all helped support closer relationships between students, staff and the community.
Michelle has led the school through the application of the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) model, supporting an audit of its practices and identifying gaps and strengths. She has also established a range of approaches focused on teaching pedagogy and literacy and numeracy strategies.
Warrnambool East Primary is a lead school of the Respectful Relationships program; Michelle is committed to engaging the wider community in this critical work. The school leads a community partnership project ‘Women of Warrnambool’ that celebrates the women doing extraordinary things in the local area.
Michelle has also driven the school’s engagement with the broader Victorian education system. She mentors new principals and is a program facilitator at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership.
Outstanding Secondary Principal Award
Michelle Roberts, Mordialloc College
Michelle Roberts is proud of the eight-year journey of improvement she has embarked on as principal of Mordialloc College.
Michelle has sought to activate student voice, agency and leadership throughout the college. She has significantly increased the number of student leadership roles, introduced Learning Awards celebrated in assemblies, and student voice teams. Student leaders have developed their own values pledge which is read aloud at each assembly.
Michelle has established a strong professional learning culture with a relentless focus on teaching and learning. This is supported by a peer coaching program to build capacity, deliver consist teaching practice and raise the culture of achievement across the college. This is underpinned by the development of authentic relationships and high expectations for all whether teacher, student or parent.
The college’s core values are clearly defined and embedded across the school community.
The 2018 Year 12 graduating class delivered the best results in the school’s history. Mordialloc College is a highly regarded educational provider in the community.