Friday, 14 June 2013

Parents urged to nominate great teachers

Department of Education Media Release

Colin Pettit

Secretary, Department of Education
Friday, 14 June 2013

Parents have the opportunity to nominate a teacher or principal who they believe has demonstrated excellence in their work as part of a Department of Education awards program. 

Department of Education Secretary, Colin Pettit, said both primary and secondary school educators could be nominated for Teacher and Principal of the Year awards in the 2013 RBF Department of Education Awards Program.

“Parents and other members of the community who volunteer in schools are also eligible for nomination in the Volunteer of the Year category,” Mr Pettit said.

“The awards, sponsored by the Retirement Benefits Fund, aim to recognise and reward staff who are demonstrating excellence in their work.

“I continue to be impressed by the talented and dedicated people who make up the Department - in our schools, in further education and training, in our Library and Information Network Centres (LINCs) and in the corporate services team.

“Recognising excellence is important, not only because it rewards people for their hard work, but also because it provides an opportunity to share information and improve the skills of people in other roles which ultimately leads to improved learning outcomes for students.

“I’d encourage members of the public and staff within the Department to consider nominating someone for an award,” Mr Pettit said.

Award categories include Teacher and Principal of the Year in both primary and secondary school categories, Leader of the Year in Further Education and Training, LINC Staff Member of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. A full list of award categories is available at:

Nominations for the awards are now open and close on Friday July 26.

Nominations are open to all staff who have been an employee of the Department of Education for at least 12 months.

Finalists in all award categories will be invited to attend a state-wide recognition ceremony where award winners will be announced.

For more information about the awards and the nomination process visit the RBF Department of Education Awards page at

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