|Details||Directorate: Vocational (& Youth)
Project Leader: Heather Leaney, Tony Moore et al
Documented: N/A (?)
Project Team: 2-3 (generally Heirisson Past Presidents)
Total Hours pa: N/A (??)
Member Involvement: various members on specific tasks and events etc
Approved: ?? 1992
Status: Transferred to EDWA 2007-08
|Description||The Rotary Club of Heirisson conceived the prestigious annual Principal of the Year Awards (POYA) for school principals in the WA government school system in 1992, first awarded them in 1993, and ran them until 2007.
Past winners of the Heirisson Principal of the Year awards
Until1999, separate awards were made for primary and high school principals.
Heirisson Principal of the Year Awards
In overview, the process and criteria used for these awards are outlined below:
Who could be nominated?
Any principal of a government school in Western Australia.
Who could nominate a Principal?
Although only one person prepared the nomination it carried more weight if it was supported by a cross section of the school community (ie: students, staff members, P&C members, etc). The person preparing the nomination addressed each of the selection criteria using examples provided by the various supporters.
How was someone nominated?
School principals were nominated via a comprehensive downloadable application form.
How were the Awards judged?
The project was run with the support of the Education Department of WA. Each year a selection panel, consisting of representatives of the Rotary Club of Heirisson, senior members of the Education Department and the President of the Western Australian Council of State School Organisations was formed to judge the nominations according to the following selection criteria:
· Motivates and guides the school community in the development of a school ethos which fosters the social and educational growth of students
· Harnesses community support and resources to assist in school programs
· Demonstrates outstanding commitment to adding value and making a difference to the school community
· Provides excellent leadership to staff
What was the Award?
The Award consisted of an individual trophy and the winner’s name was added to the perpetual trophy, which is kept on display at the Education Department’s central office. In addition each year the short-listed finalists each received a Certificate of Recognition at the award function. In latter years a sizeable financial award was also provided with the Department’s assistance.
|Heirisson’s role and criticality to success
|Heirisson conceived and initiated the awards and was a key driver of their first decade.|
|Part of a strategic relationship or partnering/alliance?||A collaborative arrangement with the:
· Education Department of WA (EDWA),
· WA Council of State Schools Organisations (WACSSO), the peak body representing all parents of students in state schools, and
· in latter years, several corporate sponsors.
|What difference will the Project/Program make?||The awards recognised the value that principals add to the education of children in government schools. They sought to recognise principals who were outstanding educators and who worked closely with their local community to improve learning opportunities for children.
The Awards are widely acknowledged as leading to improvements in education outcomes through the identification of ‘best practice’ in school leadership.
|Other Benefits (Include sustainability of benefits, fun to do, recognition for Heirisson)||Following involvement of the Minister, Alan Carpenter (later Premier of WA) the POYA awards were subsequently extended.
The project as now been adopted by the WA Department of Education, initially sponsored by BHP Billiton Iron Ore. It now forms part of the broader WA Education Awards (for which our project was a catalyst).