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Nominations are now open for the 2021 Teaching Excellence Awards and Support Staff Excellence Awards for Performance and Service. These awards will be presented in February 2022. 

Nominations close Friday 17 September 2021.

Teaching Excellence 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 five Teaching Excellence awards granted each year at the discretion of the selection committee are:

  1. Excellence in Classroom Teaching
  2. Leadership in Teaching and Learning
  3. Extra-Curricular Commitment by a Teacher
  4. Excellence by a Beginning Teacher (year one or two of full-time teaching)
  5. School Council Award – Spirit of Centenary Award

Each award winner will be presented with a trophy at a school celebratory event, a place on the honour board and a prize in recognition of their contribution to the State High 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. Draws on a body of professional knowledge and research to respond to the needs of students.
  2. Makes learning engaging and valuable, and operates effectively at all stages of the teaching and learning cycle.
  3. Commitment to learning and professionalism in all interactions with students, colleagues, parents and the community.
  4. Ability to effectively implement practices that align with the School Improvement Plan.

A fifth criterion will apply for nominations for the Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award and the School Council Award.

Nomination process

To nominate for this award, please download and complete the Teaching Excellence Awards nomination form​ (PDF, 208KB)​. Completed nomination forms and supporting documents must be scanned and submitted in PDF format via email to staffawards@brisbaneshs.eq.edu.au

Candidates may either submit a self-nomination or be nominated. If self-nominating, two other staff members must support the application. Nominations for the Teaching Excellence Awards can be made by parents, guardians and students,  but must be supported by one Brisbane State High School staff member.

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.

For assistance or further information, please email staffawards@brisbaneshs.eq.edu.au.

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


​Year
​Award category
​Recipient

​2010





​Excellence in Classroom Teaching
(Bill Simpson Award)

Les Flowers

​Teacher in a curriculum leadership or innovation role
Katrina Hundt

Teacher in a coaching, mentoring or professional learning role

Param Nabanidham

Extra-curricular commitment by a teacher

Sione Fukofuka

Excellence by a beginning teacher (year 1 or 2 or full-time teaching)

Tara Richmond

​2011





Excellence in Classroom Teaching
(Bill Simpson Award)

Paul Kennard

​Teacher in a curriculum leadership or innovation roleTony Robertson
Teacher in a coaching, mentoring or professional learning role
Amanda Nuell
Extra-curricular commitment by a teacher
Emmanuel Hatzioannou
Excellence by a beginning teacher (year 1 or 2 or full-time teaching)
Antonios Apergis

​2012





Excellence in Classroom Teaching
(Bill Simpson Award)

Rebecca Nicholas

​Teacher in a curriculum leadership or innovation roleAmalia Kidd
Teacher in a coaching, mentoring or professional learning role
Bev Tavio
Extra-curricular commitment by a teacher
John Davis
Excellence by a beginning teacher (year 1 or 2 or full-time teaching)
Nikki Bazaine

​2013





Excellence in Classroom Teaching
(Bill Simpson Award)

Nathan Pickels

Teacher in a curriculum leadership or innovation role
Dani Towers
Teacher in a coaching, mentoring or professional learning role
Jacqueline Wilton
Extra-curricular commitment by a teacher
Natasha Adams
(
née Clifford)
Excellence by a beginning teacher (year 1 or 2 or full-time teaching)Marian Dan

​2014





Excellence in Classroom Teaching
(Bill Simpson Award)

Madeline Cilento

Teacher in a curriculum leadership or innovation role
Natalie Coleman
Teacher in a coaching, mentoring or professional learning role
Paul Kennard
Extra-curricular commitment by a teacher
Graham Noon
Excellence by a beginning teacher (year 1 or 2 or full-time teaching)
Yael Leibovitch

​2015





Excellence in Classroom Teaching
(Bill Simpson Award)

Naomi Young

Teacher in a curriculum leadership or innovation role
Aimee Gust
Teacher in a coaching, mentoring or professional learning role
Alicia Streets
Extra-curricular commitment by a teacher
Loren Skyring
Excellence by a beginning teacher (year 1 or 2 or full-time teaching)
Rory Johanson

School Council Award - 
Growth Mindset in 2015

Deanne Haffner

​​2016






Excellence in Classroom Teaching
(Bill Simpson Award)

Amy Hawke

Teacher in a curriculum leadership or innovation role
Jan Holland
Teacher in a coaching, mentoring or professional learning role
Shannon McGeady
Extra-curricular commitment by a teacher
Lachlan Morris
Excellence by a beginning teacher (year 1 or 2 or full-time teaching)
Jamie Peters
School Council Award - Collaborative Practice in 2016
Janine Bennett

2017






Excellence in Classroom Teaching
(Bill Simpson Award)

Andrea Magub

Teacher in a curriculum leadership or innovation role
Brianna Winsor

Teacher in a coaching, mentoring or professional learning role
Yael Leibovitch

Extra-curricular commitment by a teacher
Wayne Niven

Excellence by a beginning teacher (year 1 or 2 or full-time teaching)
Katrina Beck-Harris

School Council Award - Progress in Student Learning in 2017
Matthew Langmack &
Leisa McGiffin​

​​2018






Excellence in Classroom Teaching
(Bill Simpson Award)

Chesa Kelly​​

Teacher in a curriculum leadership or innovation role
Jacky Hodges
Teacher in a coaching, mentoring or professional learning role
Antonios Apergis
Extra-curricular commitment by a teacher

Sándor Harris

Excellence by a beginning teacher (year 1 or 2 or full-time teaching)
Yumi Martin
​School Council Award - Development and Growth of a Positive School Culture in 2018
Emily Packer

​2019






Excellence in Classroom Teaching
(Bill Simpson Award)

Emma Charlton

Leadership in Teaching & Learning (Coaching, Mentoring, Innovation or Curriculum)

Jeff Woodroffe

Extra-curricular commitment by a teacher

Brett Sue See

Excellence by a beginning teacher (year 1 or 2 or full-time teaching)

Emma Wynne

School Council Award – Visible Expertise in Professional Learning in 2019​

Victoria Hotston
​​​​2​020






Excellence in Classroom Teaching
(Bill Simpson Award)
Mr Owen Flynn
Leadership in Teaching and LearningMs Katrina Hasthorpe
Excellence in Extra-Curricular Commitment by a Teacher
Mrs Wendy Williams​
Excellence by a Beginning Teacher​Mrs Jasmin Henery

School Council Award for Learning @ Home Pedagogy in 2020

​Mrs Erin Cara


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, the Support Staff Excellence Awards for Performance and Service are presented to recipients during a school celebratory event. 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 decides - from nominations submitted by staff, students and parents - recipients to be honoured at a school celebratory event 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​

To nominate for this award, please download and complete the Support Staff Awards Nomination Form (PDF, 185KB)​Completed nomination forms and supporting documents must be scanned and submitted in PDF format via email to staffawards@brisbaneshs.eq.edu.au.

Nominations close Friday 17 September 2021.

Completed nomination forms must be emailed to staffawards@brisbaneshs.eq.edu.au

Support Staff Excellence Awards Honour Board

​Year
​Recipient

​2014

Kathey Turner

​2015

Jennifer O' Sullivan and Kristin Walters

​​2016

Lyndal Kirkwood and Denise McKay​

2017

Jennie Cunning and Dave Sharp

​​2018

Carol McTavish and Sue Speight​​

​2019

Tony Jongenburger and Jo Cannon

​2020

Mr Johnathan Milner and Mr John Novobranec


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Last reviewed 12 July 2021
Last updated 12 July 2021