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Excellence in public education celebrated

 | 27 November 2017

Inspiring students to achieve their very best is what WA public school staff strive for each day.

Portrait of Director General Sharyn O'Neill

Sharyn O'Neill

Director General

As I listened to the stories about this year’s WA Education Awards winners and finalists at Friday’s presentation event – the 10th anniversary of the awards – I felt inspired by their innovation in the classroom to get students excited about learning.

It was a truly memorable night to not only see the high performance of public school staff recognised in front of their colleagues, but to also celebrate 10 years of excellence in public school education.

Leading our schools are principals who are the driving force behind building strong school communities – everyone working together to help students become global citizens.

Teachers are bold and creative, working hard so their students develop inquiring minds and are thinking outside the classroom to prepare students for life beyond school.

Support staff are helping to develop and shape the physical and emotional wellbeing of students, setting them up for successful futures.

These principals, teachers and support staff – many of whom have brought skills and expertise from previous careers – show high care for students in every aspect of their work as they guide them to reach their potential. I know the 660 guests at the presentation event were equally inspired by their remarkable work.

Congratulations to the winners and finalists. I encourage everyone to read their stories of success.  

I would like to acknowledge this year’s sponsors, judges and the many people who took the time to nominate teachers, principals, support staff and schools.