Double delight for Carine SHS at WA Education Awards

Carine Senior High School's secondary teacher of the year Daniel Hugo and principal of the year Damian Shuttleworth at the WA Education Awards. Photo: Kristie Lim
Carine Senior High School's secondary teacher of the year Daniel Hugo and principal of the year Damian Shuttleworth at the WA Education Awards. Photo: Kristie Lim

CARINE Senior High School principal Damien Shuttleworth is WA’s Secondary Principal of the Year.

Mr Shuttleworth received the honour at today’s WA Education Awards.

It was a big morning for last year’s WA Secondary School of the Year, with science teacher Daniel Hugo also named WA Premier’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Mr Shuttleworth, who became the school’s fourth principal in nearly 50 years when he joined in 2014, said the win felt very rewarding.

“It is fantastic for the school,” he said.

“Individuals don’t win awards, communities do.”

Head of Science Mr Hugo agreed it was a team effort.

“This is the greatest honour that I can possibly hope to ever achieve,” he said.

“Teaching is such a privilege and to be acknowledged like this is fantastic.

“It symbolises the congeniality of teaching and teaching works because we all support each other and we work together as a team.”

Under Mr Shuttleworth’s leadership, students achieved a median ATAR of 80 for the first time in 2015 and this rose to 82.45 in 2016 and 83.18 in 2017.

Despite his success, he had not always planned to be a teacher, first working in retail before deciding to become a police officer, then changing his mind at the last minute.

“I believe people in education can change lives,” he said. “I wanted to have the opportunity to impact positively and 20 years later I’ve never looked back.”

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery congratulated the winners.

“Staff like Damian and Daniel provide a high-quality education to so many students, helping them to achieve and setting them up for future success,” she said.