State award for Wollumbin High
WOLLUMBIN High School has been recognised for its work with one of the state’s top education awards – the Director-General’s School Achievement Award.
Principal Karen Connell yesterday said the award, based on a portfolio of best work from students in years 7 to 11, was a great honour for the staff and students.
“The school community has recognised the value of our portfolio program for a number of years, but it is really encouraging to have it recognised at state level,” Ms Connell said.
“Creating the portfolio involves a proper understanding of what quality work is and how to produce it.
The program involves years 7 to 11 building a portfolio of their best work through the year before presenting it to a panel in term four.
The panel is made up of a teacher, a community volunteer and a student from below the year doing the presenting – including Year 6 students on panels for Year 7.
“Presenting the portfolio involves some very beneficial re-visiting of good work completed, and working on communication, presentation, and listening skills, all of which are vital to success after school, whether students are going into training, tertiary education or employment,” Ms Connell said.
“The students on the panels learn a great deal about what will be expected of them in the coming year, how to work with a small team, and how to be responsible and observe confidentiality.
“This award is down to the work put in by the students, staff and invaluable community members over a number of years – a genuine and comprehensive school community effort.”