Warracknabeal Secondary College scoops awards: Tony Fowler up for Secondary Principal of the Year

GLOW OF SUCCESS: Warracknabeal Secondary College students congratulate principal Tony Fowler for winning two awards last week. He is also a finalist for Secondary Principal of the Year. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

GLOW OF SUCCESS: Warracknabeal Secondary College students congratulate principal Tony Fowler for winning two awards last week. He is also a finalist for Secondary Principal of the Year. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

WARRACKNABEAL Secondary College principal Tony Fowler has scored recognition with a series of awards and nominations in the past week.

On Thursday he received an Australian College for Educational Leaders Award in recognition of academic achievement, advanced studies and the pursuit of excellence in educational leadership within Victoria.

He also received a Melbourne University Sponsorship and Tertiary Award for being the highest achieving student in a Master of Instructional Leadership degree.

On Friday, Mr Fowler will learn whether he is Secondary Principal of the Year as part of the Victorian Education Excellence Awards.

Warracknabeal Secondary College is also a finalist in the Teachers Health Fund School Leadership Team of the Year category.

Mr Fowler said the excellence awards was a prestigious reward and recognition program for teachers, principals, business managers and support staff in Victorian government schools.

ACHIEVEMENT: Warracknabeal Secondary College principal Tony Fowler with one of his awards he won last week. He is also a finalist for Secondary Principal of the Year. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

ACHIEVEMENT: Warracknabeal Secondary College principal Tony Fowler with one of his awards he won last week. He is also a finalist for Secondary Principal of the Year. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

"Being nominated for one of these awards is an incredible honour and a positive reflection on our contribution to school learning in our community and beyond,'' he said.

Mr Fowler highlighted the efforts of the school leadership team - Melissa Thompson, John Bish, Louise Dower-Amor, Julie Powell, Linley Arnold-Wardle, Jordanne Horn, Megan Harley, Heather Hall-Schulz and himself.

He said the team had worked for three years to raise the expectation of both staff and students to lead to improved student outcomes and improved teaching and learning.

"Our focus has been on raising the capacity of all teachers to reduce the variation that exists between different teachers and different classes,'' he said.

"I believe what sets us apart from other nominees is the definition of our leadership team.

"Our leadership team consists of a true cross-section of staff who volunteer their time and passion to work with other staff to improve teaching and learning across the board.

Mr Fowler said the team members had built their individual and team leadership capacity.

"While the commitment has been significant, so has the outcome. What we have achieved is a true example of distributive leadership,'' he said.

Mr Fowler said the leadership team would not have been short-listed for the award without the support and trust of the other staff who supported it.

"When people visit our school they inevitably comment on the positive, professional and supportive feeling they get from the staff,'' he said.

The Victorian Education Excellence Awards winners will be announced at an awards dinner in Melbourne on Friday.

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