Ballajura Community College principal wins Education Dept’s Women of Achievement Award

Peresi Iranyunvira (School Captain), Christy Davidson (Captain), Cheryl Townsend, Holly Ballam (Vice Captain) and Dino Durkalic, (Vice Captain).
Peresi Iranyunvira (School Captain), Christy Davidson (Captain), Cheryl Townsend, Holly Ballam (Vice Captain) and Dino Durkalic, (Vice Captain).

BALLAJURA Community College principal Cheryl Townsend says she feels “privileged’ to win the Education Department’s Women of Achievement Award 2017.

Mrs Townsend was presented with the award at the Department’s International Women’s Day Breakfast held at Crown Towers this morning.

Since becoming the principal in 2013, Mrs Townsend has been a finalist for the WA Secondary Principal of the Year in the WA Education Awards in 2016 and 2017.

She also serves as the Ballandjarra Mathematics Network principal and is one of just two Teach for Australia principal ambassadors in WA and part of a national network of 13 principals across Australia.

Mrs Townsend said she felt “very honoured” to be selected as a finalist and winner for awards in a “competitive field”.

“I would like to thank and acknowledge my wonderful staff, and my dedicated senior leadership and executive teams,” she said.

“I would also like to thank the Director General of Education, Sharyn O’Neill, for this award which recognises the important work of women in education on International Women’s Day.”

Mrs Townsend said Ms O’Neill, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and the Department helped her to become a better leader and provide more opportunities for her students.

MORE: International Women’s Day: seven women who are sharing responsibility to #PressforProgress

MORE: AMA WA boss warns diversion of maternity patients from King Edward Memorial Hospital could be symptomatic of stress on public system

MORE: First look inside Mandurah’s new David Jones store