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2018 Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence

Ministers and Secretarys


 Ninety-one individuals and schools from across NSW have been acknowledged for their outstanding achievement and service to public education in today’s Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards.

The awards recognise those who have made major contributions as role models to their peers, their schools and school communities, celebrating excellence within the State’s public education system.

The Secretary of the Department of Education, Mark Scott, said the range of achievement within public schools reflected in the awards was a source of great optimism for the future of the system.

“Whether it is students’ academic excellence preparing them for jobs of the future, teachers’ innovation in guiding and supporting them, support staff or whole-school and community efforts helping our schools be their very best – everyone is helping to lay solid foundations for our future society,” Mr Scott said.

The Minster’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement considers achievement in the academic, sporting, cultural and leadership fields, commitment to the school community and personal values. The Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching considers professional knowledge, practice and engagement.

There are two individual Secretary’s Award categories: the Secretary’s Award for Excellent Service (open to department staff), and the Secretary’s Parent of the Year Award, and two open to schools, the Secretary’s Award for Outstanding School Initiative and the Secretary’s School Achievement Award.

The department acknowledges the Institute of Public Administration NSW for sponsoring the Awards, which are administered by the Public Education Foundation.

The Foundation’s Executive Director David Hetherington said the Foundation was delighted to work with the department in acknowledging the achievements of students, education staff and parents.

“These Awards celebrate the many extraordinary achievements and initiatives in public schools across the State,” Mr Hetherington said.

[Awards lists attached]

For more information contact: DoE Media Unit, 02 9561 8501

Public Education Foundation Awards for Excellence

Excellence in Student Achievement

Recognising outstanding year 12 students who have excelled in their secondary years across  academic excellence, sporting, cultural, community and leadership.

Public Education Foundation Student Scholarships

Excellence in Teaching

Recognising teachers who deliver the highest quality education to their students and contribute to their professional communities.

Public Education Foundation Student Scholarships

Excellent Service

Recognising NSW Department of Education employees who have shows outstanding effort in improving the quality of teaching and learning outcomes in the NSW Public Education sector.

Student Achievement Info Pack
Teaching Award Info Pack
Excellent Service Info Pack
Public Education Foundation Awards for Excellence

Outstanding School Initiative

Recognising a NSW Public School’s commitment to teaching and learning outcomes, leadership, supporting their students and/or creating a sustainable learning environment via programs or initiatives.

Public Education Foundation Student Scholarships

School Achievement

The Award recognises NSW public schools which create a sustainable learning environment through a certain project.

Public Education Foundation Student Scholarships

Parent of the Year

The Public School Parent of the Year Award is presented to parents, guardians and caregivers who have made a significant contribution to their local NSW public school community.

School Initiative Info Pack
School Achievement Info Pack
Parent Award Info Pack

The full list of 2017 Minister’s and Secretary’s Award recipients please see our media release page.