Brookman Primary School’s focus on STEM lands them two major awards

L-R: Laila Mitchell (7) of Langford, Olivia Corbett (9) of Langford, Hans Geers (Principal, Brookman Primary School), Michael Qua (10) of Thornlie and Agazi Gebrehiwot (10) of Thornlie. Picture: David Baylis
L-R: Laila Mitchell (7) of Langford, Olivia Corbett (9) of Langford, Hans Geers (Principal, Brookman Primary School), Michael Qua (10) of Thornlie and Agazi Gebrehiwot (10) of Thornlie. Picture: David Baylis

TO win one prestigious education award is an honour for many schools.

To win two in the same day is almost unheard of.

But that is exactly what Brookman Primary School did when they received two of the top awards in the state within a few hours of each other.

The Langford school’s dedication to STEM (Science Technology Engineering Technology)-related subjects was recognised when they were awarded the Leadership Excellence Award at the Governor’s Primary STEM Awards.

The award came just hours after they were named the state’s top primary school at the WA Education Awards.

Principal Hans Geers said it was a “surreal” day for the school and one which validated their focus on STEM-related topics.

“STEM at Brookman is not an ‘add on’ nor do we have a ‘specialist STEM teacher’; STEM is embedded in what we do,” he said.

“Teachers look to incorporate STEM project-based learning as cross curricular opportunities present themselves across all year levels from Kindergarten to Year 6.”

Mr Geers was quick to praise his staff, who he said structured their classes in a way which engaged and challenged students.

“We have ensured staff are kept abreast of contemporary thinking and approaches to education without losing focus on the key areas of literacy and numeracy,” he said.

“Students love STEM projects as they offer opportunities to develop their creative, innovative and problem solving approaches to solving real world problems relevant to them in their world.

“Today’s students need to be prepared for a future where most jobs do not currently exist.”

This year, the school has also become a Teacher Development School, which has allowed them to open their classrooms to teachers from other schools and give them the chance to examine their teaching methods.

Brookman staff then work with the outside teachers to develop a strategy to implement STEM at their own schools.