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Message from the Branch President, Mathilda Joubert


Walt Disney once said: “Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

On Saturday the 29th of May, 136 educational leaders gathered to feed our curiosity as we explored leading with impact in the early years. The Symposium was a great opportunity to hear from 20 speakers across different domains, sectors and industries from across politics, practice, policy, philanthropy, health, community, education and research contexts – a true celebration of West Australian talent. There was much cause for celebration about the excellent progress that has been made in terms of early childhood provision in recent years, with Western Australia leading the country in the proportion of children developmentally on track in the Australian Early Development Census. Yet delegates were challenged too that there is still much work to be done, with up to 17% of children in WA still living below the poverty line. The Symposium led to inspired conversations about building alliances and guiding coalitions to advocate for our youngest learners.

In April we also celebrated Excellence in Educational Leadership at the 2021 ACEL WA Awards Ceremony, with awards presented by the Minister for Education and Training, the Honourable Sue Ellery MLC. Congratulations to all the deserving award winners.

The ACEL WA Excellence and Leadership in Tertiary Studies Award

  • Nathan Tibbits – UWA Master of Education, Head of Mathematics and Gifted and Talented (GATE) Coordinator at South Coast Baptist College

The ACEL WA Excellence in Research in Educational Leadership and Management Award

  • Professor Simon Clarke – Professor of Education, UWA

The ACEL WA Teacher Leader Award for Excellence

  • Amanda Vicary – PP Teacher at Greenwood Primary
  • Brett Cutting – Teacher at Marangaroo Primary School
  • Joanne Pulsford – Year 5/6 Teacher at Kingsway Christian College
  • Tracey Toovey – Teacher and Enrichment Coordinator at St Mark’s Anglican Community

The ACEL WA Certificate of Excellence in Educational Leadership

  • Andrew Johnston – Deputy Principal at Ellenbrook Christian College
  • Dr Deborah Netolicky – Head of Teaching and Learning at St Mark’s Anglican Community School
  • Nancy Bonfiglio-Pavisich – CEWA Leadership Consultant
  • Neil Milligan – Retired Regional Executive Director, South West at the Department of Education

The ACEL WA Fellowship Award

  • Anika Blackmore – Principal at Brabham Primary School
  • Nicola Davidson – Manager of School Leadership and Teacher Quality at AISWA
  • Nicole Brown – Dean of Students at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School

The ACEL WA Pre-eminent Educational Leader Award

  • Lisa Rodgers – Director General at the WA Department of Education

In her award acceptance speech, Lisa Rodgers dedicated her award to all the hard-working educators across the state, and then endearingly invited her son up to the stage to share the moment with her. What a beautiful example of leading with integrity, humility and authenticity.

Albert Einstein said: “The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.” That is why we like to challenge ourselves to keep learning and growing together. Please join us for our next Educational Leadership Book Club discussion. We will be discussing the book “Nuance: Why Some Leaders Succeed and Others Fail by Michael Fullan. Simply order yourself a copy of the book, aim to read part or all of the book before we meet over a cup of coffee for some collegial conversation and learning. There is no cost other than getting yourself a copy of the book. There are also two possible dates and venues (metropolitan and regional) for the “Nuance” Book Club discussion this time: the 17th of June in Albany and the 15th of July in Perth. If you click on the relevant hyperlink, it will take you straight to the required events booking page where a link is also provided to order a discounted copy of the book.

Until next time. Stay curious! Stay learning!

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