SOUTHERN River College’s Everal Miocevich was recognised as one of the top principals in the state after winning the prestigious ACEL (WA) Certificate of Excellence in Leadership for 2017.
The award cemented her status as one of Western Australia’s best principals, having last year been a finalist in the Secondary Principal of the Year Department of Education Awards.
Mrs Miocevich said the strides the school had taken in improving pathways and providing opportunities for students to meet their potential was important.
“The learning culture at Southern River College has changed and we are seeing more students working with teachers to achieve amazing educational and lifelong experiences that challenge their learning concepts,” she said.
“We introduced pathways and focus programs in academic, technology, netball, soccer and music.
“We created educational pathways that met the need of the individual and worked with our community and industry to provide enriching experiences and career opportunities for our students.”
She said the school’s biggest achievement was helping pupils set long-term goals, which had in turn increased their short-term results.
“Many students now are attaining excellence in academic, cultural and community standing. I am very honoured to have helped achieve this.”
Mrs Miocevich said the staff had played an important role in the school’s change and believed more exciting times were to come.
“What I am really excited about is our new focus on explicit teaching and lifting the bar to raised academic outcomes.
“We have some outstanding staff that are making a real difference as we work with them to improve pedagogy and teaching context.”