STUDENTS at Clayton View Primary School know they are attending the best primary school in WA, so it came as no surprise to them when their school was shortlisted in the annual WA Education Awards.
Clayton View Primary School is a finalist for the best primary school of the year award.
The school in Koongamia has been shortlisted for building partnerships with parents and the community.
Education Minister Peter Collier said that since 2003, Clayton View PS had worked closely with outside agencies and specialists to provide well-structured, individually-based teaching and learning programs for students with disabilities or learning needs.
“This whole school pastoral care process is just one of the school’s success stories, resulting in increased student attendance, engagement and learning outcomes,” he said.
Mr Collier said the awards were a fantastic way for the community to celebrate top public educators and the difference they made to the lives of students.
“Each year we honour the outstanding contribution of the best public schools, principals, teachers and support staff, and each year their stories are inspirational,” Mr Collier said.
Other education award finalists include a teacher who uses AFL to teach his students science and an education assistant who learned Braille to work with a vision impaired student.
Cecil Andrews Senior High Schoolteacher Austin Ward is a finalist in the WA Premier’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. He was nominated for his innovative AFL-inspired teaching.
“This outstanding teacher has taken students’ passion for football and combined it with high-level science projects that are fun and creative, increasing their attendance and engagement at school,” Mr Collier said.
Belridge Secondary College assistant teacher Susan Deane is a finalist for WA Education Assistant of the Year.
Award winners will be announced on Monday, November 28.