PENRHOS College was recognised for its outstanding achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the 2017 Governor’s School STEM Awards last week .
The college won Leadership Excellence Awards in the primary and secondary categories, making it the first school to win both awards.
The Governor of Western Australia Kerry Sanderson AC said Penrhos College had successfully created a culture of STEM across both its junior and secondary schools and had applied STEM principles and processes to all learning areas.
Penrhos College has been nominated for the awards for the past three years and principal Meg Melville said she was extremely proud of the college’s program.
“The STEM program at Penrhos has continued to go from strength to strength over the past year,” she said.
“We have seen the opening of the Junior School STEM and Innovation Laboratory, hosted the Future Focused Learning STEM conference, and taken our passion for STEM ‘on the road’ as part of our recent country roadshow to Katanning and Manjimup.
“Our staff work tirelessly in support of the STEM program, and we are confident that the opportunities we are providing to our students will lay the foundations to prepare them for the workforce of tomorrow.”
Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly said there had been particular focus on engaging girls and young women in STEM subjects worldwide and it was particularly encouraging to see a girls’ school win both categories at this year’s awards.