Awards for region’s best

East Maitland Public School was among a host of schools to take home prizes at last night’s Education Week Awards held at Maitland Grossmann High School.

Year 6 student Blair Munro and Giaan Nixon from year 5 took home awards for excellence in student achievement, while stage one teacher Tracey Mather picked up an award for excellence in teaching.

Karen King was presented with the outstanding contribution by a non-teaching staff member award, while Julie and Dallyn Passfield were honoured with an outstanding contribution by a school community member accolade.

East Maitland Public School principal Ian Foulstone said he was delighted for the whole school community.

“I am extremely proud of all our winners,” Mr Foulstone said. 

“It’s a testament to the culture of excellence that we have at the school.”

Mr Foulstone was full of praise for both of his school’s ­student winners but paid tribute to all children at the school.

“Blair and Giaan are outstanding kids,” Mr Foulstone said.

“But last week for NAIDOC Day we had 600 kids in groups of 22 who were mixed together across different ages and stages and the behaviour was just ­phenomenal.”

Mr Foulstone also com­mended his staff for their ­contribution to the school.

“The quality of our teachers is why our school continues to hold its reputation,” Mr Foulstone said.

East Maitland also won a school achievement award for their kindergarten transition ­program.

Students, teachers and school community members from Maitland, Ashtonfield and East Maitland public schools as well as Maitland Grossmann High School, Nillo Infants School and Hunter River Community School were on hand to receive 26 awards in total.

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