State department names outstanding educators

A total of 131 awards were presented at this year’s Western Sydney Region Excellence in Education awards, incorporating Certificates of Service and the Director-General’s School Achievement Awards. The Hills School, Northmead was among the schools to star.

"IT WAS like the Oscars for us," The Hills School retiring principal Kim Shepherd said.

She is ending her 32-year teaching career on an especially high note after picking up the Regional Director's Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership for the third time.

"It's a really lovely way to end the year," said Ms Shepherd who joined The Hills School in Northmead eight years ago.

The school caters for students aged four to 18 who have special needs.

Ms Shepherd was one of 24 people recognised for 30 years of service at the ceremony in Wyndham College on November 27. It was celebration of the outstanding contributions by students, staff, parents and community members across the western Sydney region.

The school was awarded in the category of Excellence in School Achievement for its schoolwide Communication Passport program.

"The program is based on action research, in which students are assessed for their communication needs and abilities and then teaching programs are developed around their individual needs," Ms Shepherd of Castle Hill said.

Year 12 students Ashneil Datt (school captain) and John Hanna received inaugural personal achievement awards from David Phipps, the regional director western Sydney. The award recognises successful students with a diagnosed disability.

The school also received a Director General's School Achievement Award for quality individual educational programs focusing on lifelong learning within a caring and supportive environment.

"This is the most awards we've received since I've been here," Ms Shepherd said.

Although the Director-General's School Achievement Award is not part of the Western Sydney Excellence in Education Awards, they were presented at the ceremony.

The awards are for significant contribution to the achievement of the corporate goals of the department.

ALSO RECOGNISED

■ Crestwood Public School, Baulkham Hills: Regional Director’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement — All-rounder, Bianca Limbrick; Certificate for 30 Years of Service, Lynette West; Regional Director’s Award for Outstanding Administration and Support, Lina Smith; Outstanding Contribution by a Parents and Citizens Association Member, Susan Lanyon;

■ Cumberland High School: Regional Director’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement — All-rounder, Ana-Marie Katalinic; Certificate for 30 Years of Service, Alison Job;

■ Girraween High School: Regional Director’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement — All-rounder, Grace Foster; Regional Director’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement — Academic, Rizul Makkar; Regional Director’s Awards for Excellence in Early Career Teaching, Amanda Seckold and James Hurley; Outstanding Contribution by a Parents and Citizens Association Member, Terri Cox;

■ Hilltop Road Public School, Merrylands: Regional Director’s Award for Excellence in School Achievement, Ready, Set, Go 4 Kindy;

■ James Ruse Agricultural High School: Certificate for 40 Years of Service, Sheila Pooviah;

■ Macarthur Girls High School, Parramatta: Certificate for 30 Years of Service, Elizabeth Amvrazis-Katsoulis;

■ Metella Road Public School, Toongabbie: Regional Director’s Award for Personal Achievement, Brandon Keesing; Outstanding Contribution by a Parents and Citizens Association Member, Sharlene Cormack;

■ Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School: Regional Director’s Awards for Excellence in Early Career Teaching, Nicole Montague; Regional Director’s Award for Excellence in Student Leadership, Huw Scanes and Cliantha Dessay; Regional Director’s Award for Encouragement (Birrung Awards), Tyson Field-O’Neill; Regional Director’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Educational Achievement by an Aboriginal Staff Member (Birrung Awards), Melissa Mitchell;

■ Parramatta East Public School: Certificate for 30 Years of Service, Betty O’Neill;

■ Parramatta West Public School: Certificate for 40 Years of Service, Alison Cotter;

■ The Children’s Hospital School, Westmead: Certificate for 30 Years of Service, Carmel Dawson.

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