Living the Vision Awards of Excellence Winners
The Living the Vision Awards of Excellence was commenced in 2008 and
emanated from a deep desire to recognise and celebrate excellence in
Catholic Education and how to foster creativity, encourage innovation
and expand opportunity in our schools.
The Awards of Excellence were awarded on the 7th of April 2011 during a
breakfast celebration at the Burswood Entertainment Complex in Perth.
This year, our judging panel consisted of:
Dr Melinda Harris, Parent Advisory Standing Committee Representative
Mrs Caroline Payne, CSPA Representative
Assoc Professor Shane Lavery, School of Education, University of Notre Dame
Mr David Barras, CPPA Representative
Mr Michael Ciccarelli, Principal Schools Advisor, Catholic Education Office
In 2010, we received 13 worthy nominations and all the applications
were outstanding. Our winning applications did not cover all the
categories but fell into two main categories predominantly; 'Developing a
Hunger for the Learning Adventure' and 'Walking together in the Spirit
of Reconciliation and Forgiveness.'
In the category of 'Developing a Hunger for the Learning Adventure' we have three equal winners:
Orana Catholic Primary School, Dianella - 1:1 Laptop Program
has been a flagship school in Western Australia for the 1:1 laptop
program for Primary school students. All the teachers involved have had
to upskill themselves to become proficient with all the software
available to children on their laptops.
The school has also been generous in sharing their knowledge by hosting
visits from other schools and principals across WA and nationally. In
order to achieve the outcomes of the program, extensive consultation
with the ICT (Information Communications Technology) Coordinator,
teachers and parents took place.
The outcome of the program is that the students have experienced a
deeper engagement with their learning. It has allowed differentiated
learning to take place naturally. One of the key outcomes of this
program has been the ability to integrate ICT with subjects like science
and library research. The resounding success of this program has
resulted in the school trialling the use of iPads in Pre-Kindy to Year 3
to allow students to move seamlessly to the 1:1 Laptop Program in Year
Orana Catholic Primary School are to be congratulated on their ability
to engage their students and develop a hunger for the learning
Ms Lynn Perrigo and Principal Mr David Barns were presented with the Living the Vision Award on behalf of their school.
Xavier Catholic School (Primary), Hilbert - LAND Project (Leading Aligned Numeracy Development)
second winner in the category of 'Developing a Hunger for the Learning
Adventure in a Primary School' has worked diligently on lifting their
numeracy results through a project called the LAND (Leading Aligned
Numeracy Development) project.
This project identified 25 key characteristics that are integral to
teaching numeracy and mathematical efficacy. The teachers involved with
the project provided regular opportunities for staff, students and
parents to engage in dialogue that focussed on their numeracy practice
and how to refine and improve these practices.
The team were involved in collating and analysing student data to
support student achievement. The project that this innovative school
team engaged in, has been presented at conferences across the state and
has also been used by Professor Mike Gaffney, Chair of Educational
Leadership at the Australian Catholic University in Canberra. Professor
Gaffney presented this school’s exemplary practice at the MCEECDYA
Ministers of Education Biennial Forum at Parliament House in Canberra.
Ms Cathie Bauer, Ms Lorna Saunders and Ms Chrystal Leavers were
presented with the Living the Vision Award on behalf of their school.
Aranmore Catholic College, Leederville (Mrs Tamara Boyer) - Society & Environment Program
the category of 'Developing a Hunger for the Learning Adventure' we
have a third individual winner; Aronmore Catholic College.
Tamara Boyer has developed a Society and Environment curriculum from
Year 7 to 12 that is innovative, exciting and engages students of all
year levels. She has enlivened the curriculum for students.
She created 'Around the World in 80 days' for the Year 7 students as well as the
“History of Aranmore - Discover your past” and then in Year 12 geography
she created 'The Amazing Race' which was later presented as a
professional development for all Geography teachers as well as run
regionally using a virtual fieldtrip and Google Earth.
Her curriculum and methods of assessment are notable for their
student-centred approach and differentiate the levels of student
learning and multiple intelligences. This teacher is passionate about
what she does and makes learning memorable and fun.
Miss Tamara Boyer, here pictured with Principal Mr Jim Elliott, is Head
of Society and Environment at Aranmore Catholic College.
In the category of 'Walking together in the Spirit of Reconciliation and Forgiveness' we have one winner:
La Salle College, Middle Swan - Balgo Program
This school has facilitated an exchange programme between itself and another remote school in our Catholic Education community.
The program established a connection between the two schools and
offered further education options for young people from Luurnpa Catholic
School in Balgo Hills as part of the Wirrumanu Aboriginal community.
number of community meetings were held between the two schools and the
Balgo community members nominated a small group of boys who they felt
were motivated to pursue further education and the opportunities
available in Perth.
The boys aged 13 -17 arrived in Perth and boarded at
Swanleigh Residential College, Middle Swan. The College organised the
accommodation by registering as a limited boarding facility and employed
two additional staff to assist the boys with their literacy, numeracy
and learning needs. In the words of one student 'I love LaSalle and I am coming back for
sure because I am having fun and learning new things. When I finish
school I am going to University to be a teacher.' This quote exemplifies
the fact that the students are integrating extremely well, learning
skills previously not available to them and in return teaching the
College something about traditional indigenous ways thus furthering the
spirit of reconciliation.
Ms Karina Blurton, here pictured with Mr Ben Calleja, Mr Wayne Bull, Ms
Debra Sayce and Mr Darren Perrett, was presented with the Living the
Vision Award on behalf of her school.