Victorian Education Excellence Awards finalists: Kondilo and the Pavilion School

The Victorian Education Excellence Awards (VEEA) recognise inspirational education professionals.

Meet two 2019 finalists

Kondilo Prades, Lyndhurst Secondary College - Outstanding Secondary Principal

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Kondilo Prades

Kondilo has led the improvement journey at Lyndhurst Secondary College over the last four years, making it a school of choice for local families.

Some professional staff did not feel they had the skills needed to support their students to achieve strong learning growth. To address this situation, Kondilo employed two primary teachers who were highly skilled in teaching students at lifting their performance. 

Kondilo also led the Student Numeracy Individualised Program, which improved National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) numeracy results.

Kondilo supports her Year 12 students' development and progress by meeting with students and understanding their individual needs. Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) scores have improved under Kondilo's leadership.

'I believe that when staff and students feel supported and empowered, positive results follow,' Kondilo says. 'In four years, student performance has improved across many of our data sets. Enrolments have increased and community confidence has soared.'

The Pavilion School, Charles La Trobe P-12 College – Outstanding Education Support team

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The Pavilion school

The Pavilion School provides holistic support and an intensive literacy, numeracy and personal development VCAL program for students who have disengaged from mainstream education. The Student Support Team helps students to participate in excursions and pathways beyond the classroom and increase their confidence.

Instructional Leader Melissa Boyden says the school focuses on work skills, teaching students how to write job applications and attend mock job interviews. They do activities like community-based learning projects, 'career speed dating', workplace visits and careers pathways programs. 'Students are supported through our pathways program to go onto further education or training after graduating from The Pavilion School,' Melissa says.

Director of Student Wellbeing Katherine Doyle says wellbeing workers work with students to address their barriers to education.

'They have an important role in providing a reparative experience,' Katherine says, 'where students can feel safe and understood; can have their emotions identified and linked with external experience; and receive help in regulating their strong feelings, through containing interactions with a calm worker and environment.'

The wellbeing team advocates and networks with community organisations to support students. They work with housing, Youth Justice, Child Protection, courts, Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations and other agencies.

They also lead several programs at school, such as Smiling Mind which works on building emotional intelligence. Wise Guys teaches male students about positive masculinity. Blue Light boxing gives students health and fitness skills as well as self-discipline.

The Wellbeing Team also offers transport options for students. Education support staff Andrew Zarafa says this tackles anxiety or lack of resources that can stop students from going to school.'As our young people develop a strong, positive connection to learning, they imagine bigger futures for themselves - and achieve far more than they thought possible,' Andrew says.

The Victorian Education Excellence Award

There are nine School and Student Outcome Awards and three new Specialist Awards categories. Winners receive professional development grants of up to $25,000 to support their work in schools.

Visit VEEA to see the other finalists.