Fifteen schools were recognised for outstanding projects and initiatives today through CEWA’s LEAD Awards for Excellence, which were presented by WA Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery MLA at the Catholic Education Staff Breakfast at Crown Perth.
Minister Ellery reflected on her own Catholic education experience including her time at St Brigid’s College in Lesmurdie, where her forward-thinking teacher ensured that the girls were given opportunities to engage in STEM subjects in their learning, before she presented the LEAD Awards trophies.
The Awards recognise the work of schools in four categories – Learning, Engagement, Accountability and Discipleship – and the winning initiatives, as well as nominations, showed how effectively Catholic schools are embracing these principles.
2019 winners included projects serving marginalised students, promoting wellbeing and positive mental health, increasing parent engagement in learning, promoting reconciliation and celebrating Aboriginal cultures, supporting the transition from primary to secondary school, and giving students opportunities to lead other young people in their faith development.
55 entries were received for the Awards in 2019 with eight LEAD Awards and seven Merit Awards presented to CEWA schools and colleges around the Perth Metropolitan, and one to Sacred Heart School in Beagle Bay, in the Diocese of Broome.
A new category for 2019, the LEAD People’s Choice Award, is still open for public voting via Facebook until 21 August.
LEAD Awards for Excellence 2019
Orana Catholic Primary School, Willeton – Inspired To Create
Whitford Catholic Primary School, Craigie – Boys Dance
Mater Dei College, Edgewater – Whadjuk Gift
Sacred Heart School, Beagle Bay – Wellbeing and Mindfulness
St Anthony’s School, Wanneroo – Parent Mathematics and Writing Nights
Good Shepherd Catholic School, Lockridge – Sensory Motor Program
Servite Catholic College, Tuart Hill – 24/7 SERVE
Prendiville Catholic College, Ocean Reef – Stations of the Cross Project
Holy Cross College, Ellenbrook – Year 9 City Project
St Helena’s Catholic Primary School, Ellenbrook – Learning Without Borders
Sacred Heart College, Sorrento – Feed Forward Marking System
Sacred Heart College, Sorrento – Chose Your Own Information Evening
St Brigid’s Primary School, Middle Swan – Drumming program
St Anthony’s School, Wanneroo – Edith Cowan University Project
Xavier Catholic School, Hilbert – Homeless Sleepout