Stuartholme staff and programs recognised

Friday, 01/07/2022 Posted by: Annabel Irvin

Stuartholme’s staff and programs continue to receive recognition from some of Australia’s leading industry groups for outstanding work.

Australian Council for Educational Leaders – Pivotal People in Leadership

Director of Studies, Shannon Lacey, was recently awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL), in the Pivotal People in Leadership category.

This award recognises Shannon’s outstanding leadership, which is characterised by a passion for innovative practices that shape student growth and success.

Under Shannon’s management, Stuartholme introduced a hybrid model of educating under covid conditions. The model was so successful that Shannon led a data-driven, decision-making process through collaborating with subject area leaders to retain the most successful elements that were contextually appropriate for our students. Evidence showed stronger achievement outcomes from Years 7 to 12 and student surveys indicated more positive engagement in teaching and learning as a result.

Intentional to her leadership practice is ensuring the capacity of students, staff and parents are developed concurrently ensuring a partnership in students’ educational success is enhanced.
Shannon is dedicated to ongoing professional growth and sharing key learnings. She is an active member of the Deputy Principals’ (Teaching and Learning) Network of RI Schools and valued Board member of Our Lady’s College Annerley, shaping academic strategy.

Shannon will receive her award at the ACELQ Awards Celebration in August.

Australian HR Awards – Best Learning and Development Program
Stuartholme’s Learning and Development Program has also been recognised as a finalist in the Australian HR Awards for 2022. These awards showcase the country’s most outstanding HR teams, leaders and employers for their strategies, achievements and programs over the past year.

The Staff Learning and Development program encourages staff to actively grow in their careers by building capacity, continuous learning through programs delivered by international experts and maximising the quality of outcomes in the educational experience on offer.

Strength in program design resides in the flexibility of the model which enables staff to engage in continuous self-knowledge through collaboration with their peers to improve learning outcomes. Program delivery centres on targeted workshops delivered by Dr Ron Ritchhart, from Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Dan Haesler, Director of Cut Through Coaching and expert in Positive Psychology.

These two ground-breaking programs upskill staff in the enhancement of learning and wellbeing and places at its core students becoming healthy thinkers and learners and thriving students. Timetabled professional learning communities support the process of educational innovation enhancing cross-organisational relationships and ensuring a safe forum to solve complex problems with a dedicated focus on teaching and wellbeing. The program has successfully transformed classrooms into places designed to develop thinking and understanding instead of merely completing work.

Stuartholme representatives will attend the awards night in September.

These awards follow Stuartholme’s previous recognition as an Australian Educator, Innovative School, 2020 and Best Student Wellbeing Program finalist 2021. In 2021 Danny Crump, Acting Principal was a finalist in the highly regarded Queensland College of Teachers TECHX Awards.