Schools honoured at WA Education Awards

Baldivis Secondary College Principal Keith Svendsen. Picture: Kristie Lim
Baldivis Secondary College Principal Keith Svendsen. Picture: Kristie Lim

BALDIVIS Secondary College led the way with two awards at the WA Education Awards this morning.

Principal Keith Svendsen won the WA Secondary Principal of the Year while hospitality teacher Tamarra Sheldon was awarded with the WA Premier’s Secondary Teacher of the Year at a breakfast ceremony at Crown.

Mr Svendsen, who is the college’s founding principal, has formed special support for students with a disability and other needs in order to help them thrive at school.

He said he was honoured and “slightly embarrassed” with the award.

“We opened in 2013…I am very honoured and privileged to be the school leader at Baldivis,” he said.

“It is just a beautiful community.

“I think where we have done a terrific job is the ‘care factor’ we have for young people and building a connected community.”

Baldivis Secondary College teacher Tam Sheldon. Picture: Kristie Lim

Ms Sheldon, who has been with the school for four years, is known for bringing her experience in working at hotels to the college’s commercial kitchen and classroom environment.

She said it was extremely “mind-blowing” and humbling to be named the WA Premier’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.

“I worked at the Hyatt Regency for 10 years so it is very unusual to be on the other side (as a teacher),” she said.

“We do pre-apprenticeships, trainee-ships and whilst they (students) are at school, they are completing extra certificates and they are getting their trade.

“So, by the time that they are 19, they are a qualified chef.

“It is just so rewarding that they can have the opportunity to find their skills and even if they don’t end up in the hospitality industry, it teaches them so many life skills, understanding cultures and how to handle any kind of customer in your life.”

She said her students served as her motivation to keep teaching as they “had her heart” and were respectful.

Bunbury Senior High School principal Craig Pettit. Picture: Kristie Lim.

Bunbury Senior High School won the Community News-sponsored WA Secondary School of the Year title while Caladenia Primary School were named the WA Primary School of the Year.

Wattle Grove Primary School teacher Jonathan Petch and Vasse Primary School teacher Tasmin Drummond won the Beginning Teacher of the Year and WA Premier’s Primary Teacher of the Year respectively.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said it was an honour to recognise outstanding teachers, principals, schools and support staff who inspired students and provided them opportunities.

“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.

“I congratulate all the winners and finalists from across the State who really help students succeed.”

List of WA Education Awards 2019 winners:
– WA Beginning Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Edith Cowan University: Tasmin Drummond, Vasse Primary School (Years 5 and 6)
– WA Premier’s Primary Teacher of the Year, sponsored by BHP: Jonathan Petch, Wattle Grove Primary School (Years 4 and 5)
– WA Premier’s Secondary Teacher of the Year, sponsored by BHP: Tamarra Sheldon, Baldivis Secondary College (Years 7 to 12)
– WA Premier’s Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award, sponsored by BHP: Cable Beach Primary School
– WA Primary Principal of the Year, sponsored by Fotoworks: Lisa Ledger, Baynton West Primary School
– WA Secondary Principal of the Year, sponsored by Teachers Mutual Bank: Keith Svendsen, Baldivis Secondary College
– WA Education Assistant of the Year, sponsored by Beilby Downing Teal: Cassandra Wilson, Dawul Remote Community School
– WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year, sponsored by Kinetic IT: Lois Little, Newton Moore Senior High School
– WA School Services Staff Member of the Year, sponsored by Modis: Christine Dullard, Shenton College Deaf Education Centre
– WA Primary School of the Year, sponsored by Teachers Health: Caladenia Primary School
– WA Secondary School of the Year, sponsored by Community News: Bunbury Senior High School

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