Narembeen District High School has been recognised for excellence in teaching at this year’s WA Education Awards. The school took out the excellence in primary teaching and learning award for successfully creating a positive environment where excellence is encouraged both academically and socially. Out of three schools, NDHS was the only regional school honoured at the awards announced at the WA Museum Boola Bardip this month. Shenton College won the excellence in school leadership award and Girrawheen Senior High School took out the excellence in secondary teaching and learning award. Each winner received a $10,000 prize to put towards a school project or program. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery congratulated the schools for demonstrating the highest standard. “This year, the awards recognised whole-school efforts, and the impact that schools have on the growth and achievement of students,” she said. “It’s important to recognise the collective impact that a whole school has on the growth and achievement of its students, as well as celebrate excellence in WA public schools. “The winning schools have gone above and beyond to provide students with an outstanding education, ensure that they have access to life-changing opportunities, and are set up to succeed in their chosen pathways.” NDHS, which at the end of semester two had 131 students, has a strong focus on ensuring students are not disadvantaged by isolation, with a key focus of supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff. Awards were presented in three categories this year, acknowledging schools that demonstrate collective leadership, excellence, innovation, and community spirit.