Three primary schools and four secondary schools in Western Australia have been named as finalists in the 2019 Governor’s School STEM Awards.
Now in its fifth year, the Governor’s School STEM Awards recognise excellence in delivering an innovative, engaging and whole-of-school approach to science, technology, engineering and maths education.
The schools named as finalists have reportedly integrated a whole-of-school STEM culture across the curriculum, providing students with opportunities to engage with technology and develop a range of problem solving and analytical skills.
“The finalists in this year’s awards show that STEM learning does not need to be limited to a single class subject; teaching students to be inquisitive, critical thinkers and problem solvers occurs in a range of settings,” said state education and training minister Sue Ellery.
“Inspired principals and talented teachers play a vital role in getting students excited about STEM subjects, and I thank educators across the State who are delivering innovative programs for WA students.”
The finalist primary schools are Baynton West Primary School, Brookman Primary School and Pannawonica Primary School. The finalist secondary schools are Cecil Andrews College, Hale School, Melville Senior High School, and Presbyterian Ladies’ College.
Governor of Western Australia Kim Beazley congratulated the 2019 finalists.
“I am proud to support these awards which celebrate excellence among school leadership teams in delivering outcomes critical to next generational industry development,” Beazley said.
“I look forward to hearing about the initiatives of each school and the enthusiasm of their students in learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
Judges will visit finalists after the school holidays to determine which schools will take out top honours in the awards. In November, representatives from the finalist schools will be invited to an awards ceremony at Government House where the winners will be announced.