Britt bridges old school and new

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

Award-winning Hawkesdale teacher Britt Gow.

Award-winning Hawkesdale teacher Britt Gow.

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 school 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 regularly visit rockpools in 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 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 school 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.

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