Celebrating our success

NSW public schools and teachers have been recognised for their innovation and achievements in public education as well as for injury prevention and safety programs. 

Recognition occured across national and state based awards. 

The NSW Premier's Awards for Public Service were announced on 25 October at Sydney Town Hall, recognising outstanding achievement and progress towards the Premier's priorities in NSW.

The winners in the Improving Education Results category were Canley Vale Public School (pictured), and Lynette Grimes from Hillvue Public School – recognised for their efforts to improve NAPLAN results.

Canley Vale Public School received the award for improvements to student results after overhauling its literacy and numeracy programs and specifically targeting the learning needs of its 950 students, 96% of whom are from a non-English-speaking background. The percentage of Year 5 students achieving in the top two NAPLAN bands increased from 21% to 32.3% between 2014 and 2015.

Lynette Grimes is an instructional leader at Hillvue Public School and was recognised for using her passion and knowledge of teaching and curriculum to develop a culture of reflection and growth. Lynette provides weekly professional learning sessions for teachers to assist them to reflect on their practice.

In the category for Driving Public Sector Diversity, Margaret (Missy) Nicholls from Brewarrina Central School received the award for her commitment to building and improving opportunities for Aboriginal people to aspire to leadership roles. In her role as assistant principal and secretary of the local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, she has contributed to laying the foundations for a diverse and inclusive workforce.

The full list of winners is available on the Premier's Awards website.

The Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools, one of the most prestigious awards for teaching in Australia, was this year awarded to Gary Tilley of Seaforth Public School.

Gary has been bringing science to life for students from Kinder to Year 6 for many years and every spare surface in the school has dinosaur murals or models of the planets. Science is so comprehensively integrated into the school that parents often call it the Seaforth Natural History Museum.

Gary also mentors new teachers at his school, and university students training to be primary science and maths' teachers. There's a lot more information about Gary and his work on his award citation and you can see the ‘natural history museum' in this video. Congratulations Gary and Seaforth Public School on this outstanding success.

The Prime Minister's Prizes for Science were announced on 19 October.

Holroyd High School Principal Dorothy Hoddinott has been included in this year's 100 Women of Influence list. The awards ‘identify and celebrate bold, energetic women who capture the spirit of progress, helping shape a vibrant, inclusive, economic and social future for Australia'.

Lastly, the department's Health and Safety directorate was both highly commended and an award winner for excellence in risk management.

The icare TMF (Treasury Managed Fund) Awards for Excellence in Risk Management named the department People's Choice Winner for a school support program that responds to student suicide, and commended it for its approach to first aid in NSW Public schools.

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