School STEM awards recognise high achievers

Friday, 19 November, 2021

School STEM awards recognise high achievers

Four public schools have taken out top honours in the WA 2021 Governor’s School STEM Awards.

One regional and three metropolitan public schools were celebrated for outstanding leadership and teaching in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Harrisdale Primary School took out the Leadership Excellence Award in the primary school category for its whole-of-school, inquiry-based learning framework and the incorporation of technologies throughout its learning programs. The school also displayed outstanding levels of engagement with external providers, parents and the community.

Joseph Banks Secondary College in Banksia Grove took out the top prize in the secondary schools category for embedding STEM and links to future pathways across the school and implementing key initiatives that provide real-world, hands-on learning opportunities. The secondary college was also recognised for the development of a Space Science Education Centre.

Meritorious Leadership Awards went to Marble Bar Primary School in the Pilbara for encouraging students to engage in the global world while practising the core values of the local Nyamal community. Ashdale Secondary College in Darch was also recognised for embedding STEM in the school culture and engaging with their four cluster primary schools to prioritise STEM in the early years.

“The winners of this year’s Governor’s School STEM Awards have gone above and beyond to develop engaging and supportive STEM learning environments,” said Science Minister Roger Cook.

“The schools recognised are providing the next generation with skills for the jobs of the future.”

Recognising education and leadership teams that take a whole-of-school approach to STEM learning, the awards support the Western Australian Government’s STEM skills strategy, ‘Future jobs, future skills’, which aims to prepare Western Australians with the STEM skills needed for jobs in new and emerging industries. The awards are delivered in partnership with Scitech.

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