Australian Education Awards 2019 Finalists

St John’s Anglican College is very proud to announce that two St John’s Anglican College staff members have been announced as finalists in the prestigious 2019 Australian Education Awards. Mrs Ronnelle Sanders as Teacher of the Year and Mrs Sandra Hawken as Primary School Principal of the Year (Non-government).

The Australian Educator Awards recognise the country’s best schools, programs and teachers and St John’s is proud to be involved with this elite group of educators and schools.

Mrs Sandra Hawken has had the privilege of being Head of Primary at St John’s Anglican College for almost six years now and is motivated to continue her work as an educator. Sandra says;

“I love learning and I am always open to discovering new ideas and deepening my understanding. Since being at St John’s I have completed a Diploma of Counselling, attended numerous workshops on inquiry learning and explicit instruction, and I have travelled overseas to find best practice in education around the world. I have discovered that I am the luckiest person in the world to work in such a wonderful school”.

St John’s Anglican College has experienced a great deal of positive growth over the years and Sandra looks to develop and enhance these areas further, including: connecting the Library and STEM Institute, enhancing the Kindergarten program, supporting and encouraging teacher’s to develop expertise and leadership in their teaching area of passion.

Ronnelle Sanders who has been nominated for Teacher of the Year has been a dedicated member of staff since 2004 and enjoys being part of the Forest Lake community. In recent years Ronnelle has moved into specialist roles including Library and a true passion of hers, English as an Additional Language and/or Dialect – EAL/D where she works across Years Kindy – Six. Ronnelle says

“Teaching is a career that requires ongoing self-education, flexibility and a passion for helping young people learn and be the best they can be. So, if you love the idea of continually developing your skills and seeing that grin a child gives after they have tried and preserved and they all of a sudden, ‘just get it’, then teaching is for you”.

St John’s has a great team of professionals and Ronnelle is very grateful for the leadership and guidance she has been given and feels very humbled to be nominated for this prestigious award.

Sandra and Ronnelle will be attending the awards ceremony held at Dockside Sydney in August and the St John’s community wishes them the best of luck.