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31 Oct 2023
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Catholic school teachers celebrated at World Teachers Day awards

World Teachers Day, celebrated in Australia this year on October 27, offers a chance to celebrate the bright future of teaching and thank Australia’s teachers for all they do.

As part of annual celebrations, Educators SA presents a range of awards at a gala evening where the achievements of educators are recognised and celebrated.

This year's World Teachers’ Day Awards ceremony was held at the National Wine Centre in front of 270 guests, with awards presented by Education Minister Blair Boyer MP and Chief Executive of the Department for Education Martin Westwell.

64 awards were presented to outstanding educators from all sectors and all aspects of education, including these six from Catholic schools:

  • Rosslyn Mattner – St Francis de Sales College, Mount Barker
    Association Award, History Teachers Association of SA History Teacher of the Year
  • Paula Hensing – Cabra Domincan College, Cumberland Park
    Association Award, Legal Education Teachers Association of SA (LETASA) Outstanding Contribution and Excellence Award
  • Anna Partridge – McAuley Community School, Hove
    State Award, Outstanding Contribution to Learners’ Wellbeing and Development
  • Rebecca Scudds – McAuley Community School, Hove
    State Award, Teachers Registration Board Early Career Mentor of the Year 2023
  • Grace Gava – Nazareth Catholic Community, Findon
    Minister’s Language Immersion Scholarship Catholic Schools
  • Sharn de Nys – St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, Millicent
    Minister’s Language Immersion Scholarship Non-Government Early Career Educator

Grace and Sharn each receive $8000 as part of their language immersion scholarship. Both now plan to go to Italy to learn more about the language and culture to enhance their teaching.

Rosslyn, Anna and Rebecca are a part of the CESA’s Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) Network that recognises and rewards highly innovative and exemplary expert teachers who routinely work independently and collaboratively to improve their practice and the practice of colleagues.

Guest speaker at the award ceremony was Ziaddin Yousafzai, father of Nobel Prize recipient Malala, who spoke of how he raised Malala to be strong, independent, respected and loved with the idea that education was key to a girl’s success.

Catholic Education SA was represented at the awards by Sue Kennedy-Branford, Director – People, Leadership and Culture who had the privilege of meeting and speaking with Mr Yousafzai.

Catholic Education SA extends their congratulations to all nominees and award winners on receiving the highest acclamation and recognition from your peers.

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