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Staff Awards

​About the Teaching Excellence Awards

In 2010, the Teaching Excellence Awards were inaugurated at Brisbane State High School to reward teachers who have been recognised by their peers and/or members of the wider community for sustained excellence in teaching.

The six awards granted each year at the discretion of the selection committee are:

  1. Excellence in classroom teaching
  2. Teacher in a curriculum leadership or innovation role
  3. Teacher in a coaching, mentoring or professional learning role
  4. Extra-curricular commitment by a teacher
  5. Excellence by a beginning teacher (year one or two of full-time teaching)
  6. School Council Award 

At the 2019 Awards Ceremony, each award winner will receive a trophy, a place on the honour board and a prize in recognition of their contribution to the BSHS community.

Selection process

All nominees will be assessed on evidence provided in relation to each of the following criteria, which will be given equal consideration by the selection committee.

  1. Demonstrates ability to draw on a body of professional knowledge and research to respond to the needs of students.​
  2. Demonstrates ability to make learning engaging and valuable, and operate effectively at all stages of the teaching and learning cycle.​
  3. Demonstrates ability to commit to learning and professionalism in all interactions with students, colleagues, parents and the community.​
  4. Demonstrates ability to lead practices that align with the School Improvement Plan.

Please ensure that responses to these selection criteria address the specific requirements of each criterion.

For the School Council Award, extra criterion (soon to be announced for 2019) will also be used in addition to criteria 1 4.

Nomination process

Nomination forms for 2019 coming soon. 

Completed nomination forms must be emailed to  by no later than Tuesday 20 August 2019

Candidates may either submit a self-nomination or be nominated. Two staff members must support each nomination. If self-nominating, two other staff members must support the nomination.

Teachers and Heads of Department can be nominated for more than one category, however each nomination must include a separate nomination form and evidence for each category being nominated. Nominators must inform the candidate prior to submission of nomination.

All nominations will be considered for the Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award.

Nominations must include a short video segment that supports the nomination. The video could include:

  • an interview with the teacher;
  • interviews with students;
  • discussion from the nominee about the teacher;
  • footage of the teacher's classroom practice; and/or
  • footage of collaborative practice.

Please upload nomination videos to the BSHS File Submission Form - Staff Awards.

For assistance or further information, please email

Why nominate?

Teachers do amazing work every day in our school. This is a great opportunity to recognise and thank them. Recognising a teacher for an award is a celebration for the whole school community. Nominations keep the focus on the high standards of teaching and learning in our school.

Teaching Excellence Awards Honour Board

Katrina Hundt
Param Nabanidham
Sione Fukofuka
Tara Richmond
Tony Robertson
Amanda Nuell
Emmanuel Hatzioannou
Antonios Apergis
Amalia Kidd
Bev Tavio
John Davis
Nikki Bazaine
Dani Towers
Jacqueline Wilton
Natasha Clifford
Marian Dan
Natalie Coleman
Paul Kennard
Graham Noon
Yael Leibovitch
Aimee Gust
Alicia Streets
Loren Skyring
Rory Johanson
Deanne Haffner
Jan Holland
Shannon McGeady
Lachlan Morris 
Jamie Peters
Janine Bennett
Brianna Winsor
Yael Leibovitch
Wayne Niven
Katrina Beck-Harris
Matthew Langmack
Leisa McGiffin​
Yumi Martin
Sandor Harris
Antonios Apergis
Jacky Hodges
Chesa Kelly​


Support Staff Excellence Awards for Performance and Service

About the Support Staff Excellence Awards for Performance and Service

Brisbane State High School also recognises exemplary work undertaken by our Support Staff. Each year at our Awards Ceremony, the Support Staff Excellence Awards for Performance and Service are presented. These awards recognise support staff work, performance and service of the highest calibre together with a work ethic that is above and beyond the standard expectations held for this category of staff in schools.

A selection committee decidesfrom nominations submitted by staff, students and parentsrecipients to be honoured at our annual Awards Ceremony with the presentation of a trophy, a place on the honour board and a prize in recognition of their contribution to the BSHS community.

Nominations are open to Administrative, Cleaning, Facilities, ICT, Pastoral, Science and Teacher Aide Staff.

Selection process

To be eligible for the Support Staff Excellence Awards for Performance and Service, the support staff employee nominee must have a minimum of one year of service at Brisbane State High School, working at least .50 FTE. Casual employees are eligible for nomination if they have been employed with the school for more than six months.

A panel of staff, parent and student representatives will undertake the selection process.

The Support Staff Excellence Awards for Performance and Service criteria are:

  • Customer service: Contributes to improvement in the quality of service to students, staff, departments, and/or the public;
  • Service projects: Undertakes significant projects which demonstrate creativity or progressive ideas;
  • Leadership: Demonstrates initiative and sets the pace in a supervisory or non-supervisory role;
  • Mentoring: Encourages and motivates other employees to improve their performance;
  • Self improvement: Initiates developmental activities to improve job knowledge or work performance;
  • Efficiency: Contributes ideas that result in savings of time and/or resources;
  • Problem solving: Demonstrates creative and innovative solutions to problems or challenges in the department; and/or
  • Teamwork: Contributes significantly in team approaches.

Nomination process

Nomination form for 2019 coming soon. 

Completed nomination forms must be emailed to  by no later than Tuesday 20 August 2019

Nomination forms must be submitted with a letter of support that addresses the criteria. Either the nomination form or the letter of support must be from the employee’s supervisor.

Support Staff Excellence Awards Honour Board

Kathey Turner
Jennifer O' Sullivan and Kristin Walters
​​2016Lyndal Kirkwood and Denise McKay​
2017Jennie Cunning and Dave Sharp
Carol McTavish and Sue Speight​