Learning club co-ordinator recognised for leadership

The State’s best public school teachers and principals working with Aboriginal students have been recognised at the WA Aboriginal Education Awards 2013.

Presenting the awards today, Education Minister Peter Collier congratulated the winners for their contribution and commitment to creating positive futures for young Aboriginal people.
Geraldton’s Rangeway Primary School principal Jacqui Quartermaine was named WA Outstanding Leader in Aboriginal Education.

“An educator for 25 years and principal of Rangeway since 2009, Mrs Quartermaine has worked tirelessly to help all students extend their learning,” Mr Collier said.

“She has been instrumental in involving parents and the community in the school, and she is not afraid to tackle tough issues such as children’s lack of readiness for school, academic achievement levels and poor attendance.”

Mrs Quartermaine helped introduce a bus service for students with poor attendance, resulting in 95 per cent of targeted students vastly improving their attendance rates.

“She also initiated the FRIENDS for Life program for students identified as at risk of depression and anxiety. The program teaches students coping skills and strategies so they are better able to deal with issues that worry them,” the Minister said.

Cassia Primary School’s Karen Derschow was named WA Outstanding Aboriginal Teacher for her efforts to improve the education achievements of her South Hedland students, half of whom are Aboriginal.

“Ms Derschow believes every child matters every day – and this is evident in her teaching practice and the high standards in her year 3 classroom,” Mr Collier said.

“She provides timely, effective and appropriate feedback to students about their learning goals and they know exactly what is expected of them at all times.”

The winners of each category are:

  • Ben Drayton Award for WA Outstanding Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer
    Recognises an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer in a public school
    Lisa Dann of North Parmelia Primary School
  • Barry Hayward Award for WA Outstanding Aboriginal Teacher
    Recognises an Aboriginal teacher in a public school
    Karen Derschow of Cassia Primary School
  • WA Outstanding Leader in Aboriginal Education
    Recognises a public school leader who has improved outcomes for Aboriginal students
    Jacqui Quartermaine of Rangeway Primary School
  • WA Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education
    Recognises a public school teacher who has improved outcomes for Aboriginal students
    Kath Hart of Tom Price Primary School
  • Milton Thorne Award for WA Outstanding School Initiative for Aboriginal Students
    Recognises a public school running an initiative for Aboriginal students
    Derby District High School

Fact File

  • The awards are being held during NAIDOC Week, a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal people
  • For more information about the WA Aboriginal Education Awards 2013 visit http://www.det.wa.edu.au/aboriginaleducationawards

Minister’s office – 6552 6300