Hawkesdale teacher big winner at Victorian education awards

Hawkesdale P-12 College teacher Britt Gow was the big winner at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards held in Melbourne on Friday night. Picture: ANTHONY BRADY

Hawkesdale P-12 College teacher Britt Gow was the big winner at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards held in Melbourne on Friday night. Picture: ANTHONY BRADY

HAWKESDALE P-12 College teacher Britt Gow was the big winner at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards held in Melbourne on Friday night. 

Ms Gow won the Lindsay Thompson Fellowship for her work blending digital learning with traditional face-to-face teaching.

It followed on from last year when she was named the secondary teacher of the year. 

Ms Gow has developed a learning network that extends around the world. The judges praised Ms Gow’s passion for using social media to find new ways to connect students with maths and science in a way that reflects their interests and talents.

Warrnambool East Primary School was also a winner, taking out the outstanding curriculum innovation award.

In partnership with Deakin University, the school has developed a science program called Inspiring Young Scientists. 

Pupils do weekly science lessons with the help of the university and are regularly visiting rock pools around the region to study marine life. 

Timboon P-12 school was a finalist in the same category for creating a curriculum that allows students to apply maths and technology skills to the real life operation of a local heifer raising business. 

Timboon P-12 was also a finalist in the outstanding partnerships with families and communities category.

Warrnambool Primary School teacher Thomas Fraser was a finalist in the primary teacher of the year category after developing a flexible reading program, Re-Frase It, which allows pupils to choose activities according to their preferred learning styles.

Warrnambool College business manager Christine Dickson was a finalist in the business manager of the year award. 

Minister for Education Martin Dixon thanked and congratulated the winners and nominees for their contribution and achievements.

“These awards honour the remarkable people working in our schools and early years services who bring out the very best in our children,” Mr Dixon said.

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