Highest honour for second year in row

IT was a case of deja vu all over again for Auburn North Public School after the school picked up the same two awards at this year’s Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence as they did last year.

Principal Mark Harris said Auburn North was the only school selected to receive both a 2019 ‘Secretary’s Award for an Outstanding School Initiative’ and a ‘Secretary’s School Achievement Award’.
“Auburn North was also the only school to receive both awards in 2018,” he said.
“These programs help to explain why Auburn North students and the school achieve outstanding NAPLAN results every year.”
Mr Harris said the Secretary’s Award recognised the school’s ‘Parents as Partners in Learning’ program which saw parents taking part in workshops with their children’s teachers in order to understand of how they learnt literacy, numeracy and technology in the classroom.
He said through the workshops, parents then developed “the skills to assist their children at home with their learning”.
The second gong was for their 2018-2019 ‘Leadership for Whole-School Improvement’ program which aimed to further develop the “knowledge, skills and abilities” of the school’s leadership team.

Other 2019 award recipients included:
Granville East Public School with a Secretary’s School Achievement Award recognising their ‘Learning Conversations’ program which sees students, teachers and families sit down each term to discuss student achievement, progress and next steps in learning. Started five years ago, 94 per cent of families now attend.
Merrylands High School student Negeen Daudi who received a Minister’s Award for Student Excellence, for both her academic achievements as well as her leadership and interpersonal skills.
Teachers Kipi Fifita from Merrylands High and Louise Reynolds from Granville East PS were each recognised with Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.