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Three Bunbury schools make the WA Education Awards finals

By Kevin Kelly

The Western Australia Education Awards finalists have just been announced for 2016, and three of them are local Bunbury schools. These include Australind Senior High School, College Row School, and Bunbury Senior High School.

Such recognition is not new for the suburb of Bunbury, and further reinforce the suburb's high standards for local education.

About the Education Awards

These annual awards exist in order to acknowledge and celebrate any individual or school that makes a notable contribution to educating Western Australia's youth.

Each award category has a panel of academic experts who assess the nominations and select four finalists for each category. From there, panel members will speak with nominees and their communities (such as other staff, students and parents) to help decide on an ultimate winner.

Category winners are awarded not just with the pride and prestige that comes with such an honour, but also professional development funding to further their education work. Together, the finalists and winners ultimately represent the best education that Western Australia has on offer.

Why Bunbury Schools made the cut

Australind Senior High School is one of four finalists in the 'Secondary School of the Year' category. To be considered as a finalist, the school must be proven to "inspire students in their academic, social and creative development", and both the teaching and leadership within the school are taken into account. This independent public school prides itself in tradition, and already has a WA Education Awards winner on its staff.

College Row School is in the finals for the 'WA Education Assistant of the Year' category for exceptional staff member Stephanie Lee. This award exists to recognise the pivotal role of education assistants in school, and, according to a recent article in the Bunbury Mail, Mrs Lee has spent more than two decades working with special needs children, and has even saved the life of one who went into cardiac arrest.

Finally, Bunbury Senior High School got a nod in the 'WA Beginning Teacher of the Year' category for its new teacher, Sharna Dallywater. This award is all about fresh blood that embraces new and exciting technologies into the classroom for innovative learning opportunities. Ms Dallywater is the perfect candidate, as she has been using videos and podcasts to help teach maths, and has even been teaching colleagues how to use these tools for education, according to the Bunbury Mail.

All finalists now have a two-month long wait until the winners are announced in a special ceremony on November 28.

With so many excellent schooling opportunities in and around the suburb, this is a wonderful place to purchase Bunbury real estate and raise a family.

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