Butler and Banksia Grove school principals honoured with awards

Butler and Banksia Grove school principals honoured with awards

PRINCIPALS from schools in Butler and Banksia Grove have won awards from the Principals Australia Institute.

Brighton Catholic Primary School principal James Danaher and Joseph Banks Secondary College associate principal Elizabeth Smith were one of five WA principals to receive the institute’s John Laing Award for Professional Development recently.

Mr Danaher was nominated by David Hunter from the Catholic Primary Principals Association WA for encouraging staff over his 20-year career as a principal.

“James has made empowering others a significant goal in his leadership style,” Mr Hunter said.

“He has adopted school administration models that seek to identify those staff members within the organisation that have leadership potential and provided them with opportunity to develop either as assistant principals or curriculum leaders.

“James is a person with high moral principles and his integrity extends into all areas of his educational leadership.”

Ms Smith’s nominator Eleanor Hughes, from the WA Secondary Schools Executive, said she was a well-respected and influential leader.

“As an educational leader, Liz has demonstrated an ability to motivate others to engage in the challenges of 21st century education, to develop context-appropriate structures and supports for staff to achieve to their full potential and to develop positive learning environments for all students that focus on each student achieving success,” she said.

“She is a focused and motivated leader and works continuously to provide a working environment that, through empowerment, promotes staff working to their potential.”

Institute chief executive Paul Geyer said it was important to recognise and celebrate the role principals play in providing leadership and development.

“Great schools have great leaders who inspire both their staff and their students every day,” he said.

“We are honoured to be able to run these awards every year, as they truly demonstrate the commitment made by our school leaders in educating students in primary and secondary schools across Australia.”