A class above the rest

Lewis Conick y5, Ella Broadley y5, Prinicpal Ted Nastasi, Kayla Troy y4, Jasmine Gray y6  and Ethan Wood y6. Caladenia Primary School won school of the Year for WA.
Lewis Conick y5, Ella Broadley y5, Prinicpal Ted Nastasi, Kayla Troy y4, Jasmine Gray y6 and Ethan Wood y6. Caladenia Primary School won school of the Year for WA.

WHEN it comes to educating your children, there’s no better place to be than the south eastern suburbs.

The revelation comes after Caladenia Primary School in Canning Vale was named best primary school at the WA Education Awards this week.

It follows Lynwood Senior High School being named best secondary school in 2018, while nearby Brookman Primary School in Langford was named best primary school in the same year.

Caladenia principal Ted Nastasi said the entire school community was basking in the glory and credited the success to the inclusive and hard-working staff.

“It’s a team effort here at Caladenia and I work with a great bunch of people,’’ he said.

“Progress doesn’t just happen overnight and this award acknowledges our hard work and commitment over the years.”

With more than 900 students and 90 staff, the principal of 11 years acknowledged he had a big job on his hands.

But it was a challenge Mr Nastasi embraced, with social and emotional connections among students just as important as academic achievement.

“We are essentially growing kids to be world citizens and they are our first and foremost priority,’’ he said.

Caladenia’s motto is ‘being the best that you can be’.

“The motto exemplifies the very nature of what students can be and what they are capable of,” Mr Nastasi said.

“This can be the best in academics but also a warm and generous person who has the skills to succeed in this fast-paced world; a person who can stand up for right and excuse themselves from negative peer pressures.”

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said it was an honour to recognise the outstanding schools and education staff inspiring students.

“It’s fantastic to see school staff provide high-quality public education by coming up with new and innovative ways to spark student learning,” she said.