Kangaroo Island Community Education is a top-10 finalist in the Australian Education Awards for Regional School of the Year.
“Congratulations to students, staff, families and the wider community as you have all contributed to make our school special,” principal Maxine McSherry said.
“Our nomination and subsequent finalist selection was based on the innovative and responsive model of education we provide on the Island.”
KICE was selected, along with nine other schools from across Australia, according to a range of criteria.
This included the school building global connections through the visiting Korean teachers program and actively contributing to the International Small Islands Conference, as well as its innovative Mandarin language program, she said.
“We have been recognized for the role we play in preserving the unique and precious environment that we have on KI through programs, such as the sea grass planting, bandicoot awareness and the recycling programs,” she said.
“Our strong links with community through events such as the recent Soldier Settlers’ reunion or the Penneshaw sculpture trail, highlight why we have been chosen as a finalist in this national award.”
KICE has received congratulations from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority for the improvement it has made in NAPLAN results, blended with a 100 per cent pass rate for its South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) students.
“Over the past 18 months we have strived to further build a culture where learning is valued and doing your best is something of which to be proud,” Mrs McSherry said. “At KICE, there is a pathway for every child.
“If we are chosen as Australia’s best regional school that will be amazing but to have been chosen as one of the top 10 regional schools in Australia is something of which the whole KI community should be very proud.”
Principal Maxine McSherry and KICE Governing Council member Jenni Harris are looking forward to representing KICE at the award ceremony in Sydney on August 17.