Living the Vision Awards of Excellence Winners
The Living the Vision Awards were presented on 28 March at the Burswood
Entertainment Centre during the annual Catholic Schools’ Staff
Breakfast. The awards are linked to the Living the Vision statement and
are a sample of the excellent work done in Catholic schools.
Teachers from Mater Christi Catholic Primary School, Padbury Catholic
Primary School, Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School Kelmscott and
Sacred Heart College Sorrento received awards.
This year, our judging panel consisted of:
Brother Shane Lavery (Notre Dame University)
Dr Melinda Harris (Chair of Parent Advisory Committee)
Sue Fox (Principal of Sacred Heart Primary School)
David Wood (Chief Learning, Teaching & Innovation Officer, Catholic Education Office)
In the category of 'Developing a Hunger for the Learning Adventure' we have two equal winners:
Mater Christi Catholic Primary School - Pre Primary Literacy Groups
Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS) data at the school
shows students starting below state/cohort average in reading and maths
for over five years. Targeted ability based literacy groups across all
three pre-primary classes were established involving explicit teaching
using early childhood pedagogy designed to develop ‘children as
confident and involved learners’.
The use of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) was evident in the
program. Nine literacy groups have two sessions for 45 minutes per week
with all staff involved. Every few weeks data is gathered and groups
are adjusted. The EYLF along with First Steps, resources such as iPods,
notebooks and the interactive White Board used to assist in the learning
The results have seen the school jump significantly above the
state/cohort average by the end of the year. It also has seen PIPS maths
scores improve along with students becoming more independent learners,
able to transfer skills to other learning experiences.
Congratulations to Mater Christi and Pip Crommelin for this program.
Padbury Catholic Primary School - EXTREMES Program
the title indicates this initiative caters for the students at the
extremes of the normal curve in a normal population to reach their full
potential. Under this umbrella students with learning difficulties in
literacy are targeted in a reading program (Read Over) designed by the
school. The school has 24 special needs students and the program assists
in differentiating the curriculum for these students.
An extensive volunteer program with training and monthly meetings helps
support the it and has assisted these students to attain average
classroom levels in literacy. The gifted and talented students are
catered for by providing opportunities to develop higher order thinking
skills, concepts at higher levels of complexity and greater abstraction,
all enhancing student learning. These students have been successful in
many competitions such as SciTech challenge day (1 and 3 place) 2011,
Academic All Stars Day (Champion School in 2011) to name a few.
Congratulations to Padbury Catholic Primary School and Tanya Atherton and Liz Johnston who run this program.
In the categorie 'Capturing the Joy in the Mystery of the Created Universe' we have one winner:
Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School Kelmscott - Bidjara Program (Noongar of the earth)
program draws upon the use of multiple intelligences to include the
students marginalised by conventional practices. It engages students in
their dominant learning style. For example Visual Spatial Learners are
catered for by being able to draw and read diagrams of vegetable beds
and animals and use cameras to record thoughts, cooking procedures and
Students who struggle with literacy are able to scribe their words to
the teacher or parent helper. The process is three groups of students
have a session once a week where they plant, care and harvest a
vegetable garden and care for chickens and goats. Information is
measured, recorded and photographed.
Parent’s referees commented that their son enjoyed every aspect of the
program. It has led to him starting a vegie patch at home and taking a
real interest in cooking. Another mother commented that the program not
only had taught her daughter the skills of measuring, calculating,
recording and problem solving and many more but the real benefit was how
she feels connected to the school and the Bidjara community.
Congratulations to Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School Kelmscott and Diana Newman who runs this program.
In the categorie 'Walking together in a Spirit of Reconciliation and Forgiveness' we have one winner:
Sacred Heart College Sorrento - Young Vinnies Group
Young Vinnies group supports a number of initiatives involving
indigenous people. An example is a partnership with the Ngaanyatjarra
lands School Program. These are a network of nine school campuses in
remote central Australia. As part of the program Indigenous grandmothers
known as the Breakfast Ladies have been supplied with industrial
toasters, sandwich makers, kitchen utensils etc. As well as this over
the past three years the group has hosted students, teachers and elders
when they visit Perth.
Activities have been organised for the visits including members of the
group camping with the students at the Nanga bush camp. The group
attends the annual Desert dust Up in Warburton. Miss Daisy Ward in her
reference commented on the student’s '...ability to leave value
judgements behind, embrace the cultural diversity and exercise their
resilience in attending to a lack of facilities, a lack of privacy, many
hours of travel and geographical isolation.' The students summed up the
outcomes by saying 'I learnt the smallest things in make a difference
in young children’s lives; whether it’s a smile, a hug or high five it
really brings out the best in them.'
Congratulations to Sacred Heart College Sorrento and Rossanna Hywood who runs this program.