In another Pandemic recovery step, Altona City Rotary Club recognised fifteen outstanding Hobsons Bay Teachers at an in-person event for the first time in three years. Award Founder, Past School Principal and Rotarian, Julie Mason AM says that it’s never been more important to support and honour teachers for the extraordinary requirements put on them during the Pandemic and its recovery.
Williamstown High School nominated their Warchild Production Team for a Rotary Teacher Team award for organising the 2022 Warchild benefit concert at the Newport Substation to raise money for families torn by war. With live music being a distant memory over the past few years, the production team drew upon the talents of Willi High students to produce an amazing evening. This followed hours of rehearsals, costume design, make up, lighting and sound and an 18-hour day to set up and pack up.
Bayside College Nominated Effie Hatzikosmidis for a Rotary Teacher Achievement award for the tireless energy and passion she brings to her role as Drama teacher and Performing Arts coordinator. Effie produced an outstanding production in 2022, juggling roles on performance nights, sometimes having to step into roles herself when students were suddenly unable to perform due to illness.
Bayside College also nominated Camilla Bishop, Natalie Hammond, Samuel Levy and Darren Sutcliffe for a Rotary Teacher Team award for their leadership and collaboration with others to introduce an innovative range of student assessments that focus on skills and competencies for students from P-12, sitting alongside the traditional academic demands. Team awards recognise where a group of teachers have collaborated effectively to address an important challenge or new development for a school.
Ashleigh Botica and Lachlan Christopher (Altona College), Paige Byrne and Kate Challen (Emmanuel College) were nominated for Encouragement awards for each making exceptional starts to their teaching careers.