Jandakot PS principal in line for WA Primary Principal of the Year at WA Education Awards


Principal Ian Hastings handing out student merit certificates.
Principal Ian Hastings handing out student merit certificates.

JANDAKOT Primary School’s principal Ian Hastings has been nominated as a finalist for the 10th annual WA Education Awards.

Mr Hastings was nominated by the school board for the WA Primary Principal of the Year category.

Mr Hastings has been principal of Jandakot PS for 11 years, having started his career at Pingelly District High School in 1975.

He has worked in schools throughout city and country regions, including a one teacher school that serviced a salt mining town and a remote Aboriginal community near Port Hedland.

In its application the board said Mr Hastings deserved the award because “he has changed the culture and quality of the teaching and learning environment” through a series of projects, including making the school independent in 2013.

Mr Hastings said he was surprised to find out he was one of the finalists.

“My philosophy is to always be value adding and looking for improvement, to not be complacent and to challenge parents, students and staff so that we get the best out them individually and collectively,” he said.

“If I do win, I will feel a little awkward accepting all the accolades because schools are made up of many people and I know Jandakot PS has gone from a good school to a great school because of the hard work that each and every member of staff has put in.”

This year’s education awards had a record number of nominations from across the state, with 44 finalists – principals, teachers and support staff – being acknowledged from the state’s best public schools.

The winners for each category will be announced Friday, November 24, at Crown Perth.

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