Principal wins national award for helping students succeed

A Victorian school principal won the 2018 Rising Star Award at the Australian Education Awards for her work in supporting struggling students.

Rising Star award winner Lian Davies
Lian Davies. Used with permission from Keymedia

Now the principal of Whittlesea Secondary College, Lian Davies received the award for her work as Assistant Principal at Templestowe College where she was nominated by former principal Peter Hutton.

Lian says she was 'so surprised' to win.

'It was an exhilarating feeling and so rewarding to have all the hard work we do recognised,' Lian says.

Supporting all students' goals

Lian came on board to develop Individualised Learning Plan platforms for all students, as well as an Alternative Tertiary Entry Program with Swinburne University.

Lian's program supported otherwise capable students who have exam anxiety or were in situations where they did not want to complete their ATAR.

Instead, these programs focus on students' individual skills and transition them into tertiary study.

'These students could develop portfolios, projects and do university curriculum whilst still at school to demonstrate their capabilities,' Lian says.

The Alternative Tertiary Entry Program encourages students to attend university one day per week. Lian says the students all gave overwhelming positive feedback on this experience, which gave them greater confidence to move into university life.

'One student who chose the project stream received a high distinction in his project and was presenting to university lecturers,' Lian says. 'He was a very capable student who struggled with exams.'

Lian says the most rewarding part of being a Principal is making decisions to improve the opportunities for young people.

'It is such a privilege to work with the students in our community and see them reach their goals and work out what pathways they may follow.'

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