Top WA Schools and staff in line for Awards

23 September, 2015 in General News


  • 44 finalists for WA Education Awards 2015
  • Seven schools up for multiple awards

The State’s top public schools and staff have been acknowledged today with the announcement of this year’s finalists in the WA Education Awards.


Education Minister Peter Collier today congratulated the 44 finalists and said the awards were a great way to celebrate the outstanding work of staff in public schools.


“Each year we honour the best schools and teachers, leaders and other school staff.  It’s always inspiring to see how they are changing the lives of students and preparing them for the future,” Mr Collier said.


A number of schools have multiple finalists including Baynton West Primary School, Belmont City College, Margaret River Senior High School, Australind Senior High School, Ashdale Secondary College, Gladys Newton School and Balga Senior High School.


“Gladys Newton School, in Balga, is doing fantastic work with students who have intellectual disability, autism and severe mental health conditions,” the Minister said.


Gladys Newton staff member Colleen Blevins is a finalist for WA Education Assistant of the Year and Keren Provost for WA Premier’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.


At Australind Senior High School, deputy principal Julie-Anne Beelitz is up for WA Secondary School Leader of the Year, while business manager Maureen Bailey is a finalist for WA School Services Staff Member of the Year.


“It’s very encouraging to see no matter where our students are learning in Western Australia, they are being led, taught and supported by creative, versatile and committed staff,” Mr Collier said.


Fact File

  • Visit  to view all finalists
  • Award winners will be announced on November 30, 2015
  • Each winner will receive $25,000 to be spent on professional learning. Winning schools will receive $15,000. The WA Premier’s Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award winner will receive $25,000
  • The awards are sponsored by BHP Billiton Iron Ore, hit 92.9, Edith Cowan University, The West Australian, Teachers Mutual Bank, Teachers Health Fund, Fotoworks School Portraits, and Slater and Gordon Lawyers

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