On Friday October 26, on World Teachers’ Day, the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales held its 2018 World Teachers Celebration at the Concord Golf Club, to award the outstanding professional contribution to education made by a select group of teachers.
“This important occasion allows us to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of all our teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society,” said Dr Frederick Osman, President Teachers’ Guild of NSW.
The Teachers’ Guild of NSW greatly admires the commitment of teachers in enhancing their professional knowledge, improving teaching practice, finding new ways to engage with students, and developing and fostering relationships with the wider community.
This year, 208 guests gathered to celebrate the presentation of awards presented by special guests The Hon. (Rob) Robert Gordon Stokes, MP, Minister for Education, Mr Jihad Dib, Member for Lakemba, Shadow Minister for Education and Mr Damien Tudehope, Member for Epping. The event honored 57 worthy recipients across the different sectors and stages of education.
Award for teachers in their early years of teaching:
Primary School Division finalists:
Rebecca Flannery, Kincoppal Rose Bay
John Forbes, Blue Mountains Grammar
Mark Gannon, Trinity Grammar School
Brenton Herbert, Lakes Grammar School
The 2018 Primary School Division WINNER was MARK GANNON from Trinity Grammar School who commented: “It is incredibly humbling to be selected as a winner and I feel blessed to be in the position that I am in today. It is a great reflection of the culture of support and collegiality at Trinity Grammar Preparatory School. I am the teacher that I am today because of the teachers that surround, challenge and inspire me every day.”
Senior School Division finalists:
Jason Borg, Georges River Grammar
Allyse Miskle, St John Bosco College, Engadine
Katie Szwecow, De La Salle College, Ashfield
Sara Vassallo, Radford College, ACT
Christie Ward, The Scots School, Albury
Daniel Woolley, Barker College
The 2018 Secondary School Division WINNER was JASON BORG from Georges River Grammar who commented: “I am beyond thankful to the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales for providing a platform for Early Career Teachers to share my experiences in such formative years of my practice and my passion for education. The experience worked to reignite and reaffirm my choice to enter the teaching profession. My belief that no teacher stands alone in their achievements was emphasised with the support, messages and congratulations of my colleagues, senior leadership team, Guild members, family, friends and students. Georges River Grammar has a strong sense of community and the support and mentoring I receive from the community is essential to my success. We are celebrating this as a win for the whole community and they took no time at all to publicise it all over school social media.”
The Guild Scholarship Prize was donated by the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales for an outstanding student in the second year of the MTeach program at the University of Sydney.
Winner: Giordi Poli, University of Sydney
Highly Commended: Larissa Cini, University of Sydney and Natalie Leung, University of Sydney
The Research Award finalists
Simon Crook, University of Sydney
Elisabeth Freer, University of New South Wales
Helena Granziera, University of New South Wales
Cherry Zin Oo, University of New South Wales
Conor West, University of Wollongong
The 2018 Teachers Mutual Bank Award WINNER was HELENA GRANZIERA from the University of New South Wales.
The Research Award WINNER for 2018 was ELISABETH FREER from the University of New South Wales.
Honorary Fellowship of the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales
World Teachers’ Recognition Awards
Amanda Wilson, Shore School
Amy Ayres, Northern Beaches Christian School
Andrew Facer, Bowral High School
Anne Mynott, Macarthur Anglican School
Ashlee Koller, Richmond High School
Bahia Malas, Blakehurst High School
Cathy Frazer, Shore School
Celeste White, Chatswood High School
Ching-Wen Hsu, St Mary Star of the Sea College
Cynthia Jobe-Parker, Lakes Grammar School
Danielle De Redder, Glen Innes High School
Helen Rhodes, Shore School
Jacqueline Young, PLC Sydney
James Friend, Shore School
Judy Anderson, University of Sydney
Kate Hooper, Pittwater House
Kathryn Fraser, The King’s School
Kathryn Genthner, Northern Beaches Christian School
Kathryn Pesic, Macarthur Anglican School
Kylie Bowra, St Augustine’s College
Luke Coulton, Thomas Hassall Anglican College
Lynette Colthorpe, Lakes Grammar School
Martin Lobo, St Aloysius’ College
Matthew Driscoll, Thomas Hassall Anglican College
Matthew Esterman, Trinity Grammar School
Nathan Crumbley, Lakes Grammar School
Nigel Coutts, Redlands
Noelene Callaghan, Glenwood High School
Rita Sakr, Tangara School for Girls
Robyn Ross, Brigidine College Randwick
Sarah Hill, Shore School
Simon Harper, Killara High School
Timothy Flaus, Bowral High School
Tracey Rixon, Macarthur Anglican School
Zenobia Katrak, Bowral High School
Matthew Esterman, a recipient of the World Teachers’ Recognition Award commented: “Being recognised with fellow educators by the Teachers' Guild is humbling and enriching. Teachers do not do their work for public recognition. We do not seek the limelight nor do we equate celebrity with effectiveness in our work. We do not perform in a popularity contest. So, when teachers are recognised for what they do by their peers, it is also a recognition that the profession has value, power and the ability to stand up and have its voice heard on its own terms.”
“The Guild congratulates all award recipients for their incredible achievements,” concluded Dr Osman.
Photographs from our Annual Awards Evening are now available on Facebook.