Merimbula Public School has been recognised for excellence once again. Last Friday the Department of Education and Communities' Annual Awards Ceremony was held for the Illawarra South East Region, at Kiama High School. Once again Merimbula Public School was greatly represented, with four staff members receiving awards. These four awards add to 12 other regional and state awards the school has received in the last 4 years.
Mrs Freedman was awarded for her "Excellent Contribution Beyond the Classroom by a Teacher". Ms Freedman coordinates the Sapphire Coast Learning Community Music Camp and Festival Band. She is a Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator for the region and has also volunteered her time for the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club for many years. Her award recognised these achievements, among many. School Learning Support Officers Mrs Skitt, Ms Taylor and Mrs Purcell were also recognised for their achievements at the ceremony, all receiving an award for "Excellence In Educational Support by a DEC Employee in a School". Not only do these learning support staff members run the Breakfast Club at Merimbula Public School in their own time, they have also supported many others above and beyond what is required of them in their role. Mrs Skitt was awarded and recognised as she has introduced a range of support technologies into the school and has supported schools in Asian countries, which she visits regularly, by donating resources and her time. Mrs Purcell has supported other support staff by modelling and mentoring them in the delivery of innovative programs. In addition she has gained the support of local businesses and national companies to fund the Breakfast Club program and feed around 80 students daily. Ms Taylor was recognised for her expertise in teaching reading, and supporting teachers in delivering innovative programs. Ms Taylor was also recently filmed for an online resource, available to all public schools in the state, on how to best teach students with reading difficulties and dyslexia.
It is such a privilege to lead a school with such a dynamic, experienced and dedicated staff. Our high student achievement and the many state and regional awards our staff, students and parents have received can be put down to hard work, commitment to improving student outcomes and collaboration.
Not many schools would have received so many state and regional awards in 4 years, if any. The awards the school has now received in four years are as follows: 2013 Mrs Freedman "Excellent Contribution Beyond the Classroom by a Teacher"; Mrs Purcell, Ms Taylor and Mrs Skitt "Excellence In Educational Support by a DEC Employee in a School"; 2012 - Student Charlotte Smith-Bull "Aboriginal Education Achievement Award"; Mr Claxton "Excellent Contribution Beyond the Classroom by a Teacher"; Mrs McCormack and School Administration Manager Mrs Smith "Excellence In Educational Support by a DEC Employee in a School"; Merimbula Public School "Excellence in Teaching and Learning"; Student T'Leah Ahmat "Aboriginal Education Achievement Award"; Mrs Marson "Public School Parent of the Year"; Student Kiah Miller "Excellence in Student Leadership by an Individual Student"; Mr Bootes "Excellent Contribution Beyond the Classroom by a Teacher"; 2011 - Ms Peters "Director General's Award for Service to Public Education" (State) and "Excellence in Teaching and Learning" (Region); 2010 - Mrs Smith "Director General's Award for Service to Public Education.