Gympie teacher wins Principal of the Year award
GYMPIE Special School principal Kim Kelly has won the Principal of the Year award for the the North Coast Region in the 2019 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools.
Mrs Kelly took up for first post as a principal with the Gympie Special School in 2018, and said at the time she was keen to promote fresh partnerships between the teachers and parents of students to help the students achieve more.
"Parents know more about their kids. In my belief system parents are hugely important to helping every student to learn,” she said.
"This school has been a hidden treasure and, with its new facilities, it's beautiful and waiting to be the best it can be. Our kids deserve it,” she said.
The 2019 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools regional award winners and commendation recipients have been announced today.
State finalists will be announced on Monday, July 29, 2019, with the winners being announced at the Showcase Awards Gala Dinner in Brisbane on Friday, October 25, 2019.
Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early and Primary Years
Winner: Undurba State School, Ready to excel: successful learning in the early years at Undurba
Award for Excellence in the Secondary Years
Winner: Sunshine Beach State High School, Leading from the middle
Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education
Winner: Dakabin State School, Leading an unwavering and sustained commitment to inclusion
Award for Excellence in Parent and Community Engagement
Winner: Lawnton State School, Connected kids, connected communities, connected futures
Award for Excellence in Global Engagement
Commendation: Burnside State High School, Globalising communities
Award for Excellence in Rural and Remote Education
Winner: Gin Gin State High School, Alpaca therapy: assisting the transition from primary to secondary schooling for students with special needs
Showcase Award for Teacher of the Year
Winner: Chris Buswell, Mountain Creek State High School
Jack Pizzey Award for Principal of the Year
Winner: Neil Jenkins, Buderim Mountain State School
Winner: Kim Kelly, Gympie Special School