Halls Head Primary recognise selfless staff members with school awards

AND THE AWARD GOES TO: Halls Head Primary School board award winners Nardine Sheridan and Nicky Jones are joined by the school's principal Peter Beckingham, as well as Jenny Salkild and Kristy Stewart. Photo: Supplied
AND THE AWARD GOES TO: Halls Head Primary School board award winners Nardine Sheridan and Nicky Jones are joined by the school's principal Peter Beckingham, as well as Jenny Salkild and Kristy Stewart. Photo: Supplied

Halls Head Primary School (HHPS) board awards are to recognise achievement in a certain way and recognise the hard work and achievements of staff at our school.

Nominations for the awards can be made by parents, staff and members of the school board. 

In order to satisfy the criteria for an award, nominees must satisfy two or more of the award criteria. These include: showing constant leadership among their peers over a period of time, applying consistent effort over a period of time, or showing consistent student focus over a period of time.

Eight nominations were received by the committee for our latest batch of awards, which include the school board members, principal, deputy principals and the manager of corporate services of Halls Head Primary School. 

All eight nominations were worthy candidates, though only two could be selected as winners, with each award winner receiving $1500 towards professional development.

Nicky Jones, an education assistant for our kindergarten students, was nominated for her positive energy, her role in taking on board tasks related to her job, and for always going above and beyond what is expected of her in her role.

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Nicky always fulfills her obligations with a smile, and she always has a positive comment for all she meets. She has cleaned up more messes than we can probably count, fixed playground disasters, taken care of paint spills, and a multitude of other typical kindergarten blowouts and calamities. She is a huge asset to our school and we are proud to have her.

Nardine Sheridan is a year three teacher at HHPS, and she has lead the school in sustainability over a long period of time. She has developed a system of tracking waste, focusing on improving the children’s understanding of this, and she has organised incentives for staff and students to encourage further learning.

Nardine has purchased resources to help people understand the program, cleaning out waste bins, and sending recycled waste on to outside companies. She does this work without looking for recognition herself and Nardine is also a great asset to HHPS.

Several other staff members were nominated for board awards. They included Kim Finlay from the front office, special needs education assistant Michelle McNamara, year six teacher Ailsa Hacket, and Amanda Bishop from our library.

The decision to choose just two from this very worthwhile group was not an easy task for the committee, and  we value the hard work and dedication of every individual nominated.

Marg Pantall is from Halls Head Primary School