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NSW Public Education celebrates Excellence and Achievement

NSW Department of Education 2 mins read

7 September, 2023 




Multi-categorical teacher Kathryn Ross from Glen Innes High School is one of 165 impressive award winners presented to NSW public school teachers, students, employees and parents at the 2023 NSW Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence.    
Tuesday night’s awards at Sydney Town Hall celebrated the best of public schooling, outstanding achievement of individuals and breakthrough school initiatives centred around literacy, numeracy, science, student well-being and community partnerships.

Inverell High School student Anita Thivakon was also recognised at this week’s ceremony, where she received the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement.


Anita has consistently demonstrated all round achievement, while displaying a willingness to involve herself and model high expectations in all activities at school including learning, student leadership opportunities, community service and extracurricular activities such as the National Youth Science Forum.


Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning Prue Car said she was delighted to highlight the incredible achievements of the public system’s outstanding students and teachers. 

“These awards are a great opportunity to call out the fabulous educators, who every day are making a difference in the lives of children, and the inspiring students demonstrating academic, cultural, sporting and leadership excellence.” 


The winners were selected in the following categories:   

  • Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement  
  • Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching  
  • Secretary’s Award for Excellent Service  
  • Secretary’s Award for an Outstanding School Initiative  
  • Secretary’s School Achievement Award  
  • Public School Parent of the Year.  

Department of Education Secretary Murat Dizdar said the awards were a great opportunity to recognise outstanding initiatives and staff that were driving improvements across public schools.  

He said the number of regional schools showcased in the awards highlighted the Education Department’s commitment to equity of opportunity no matter where students lived. 


Northern Tablelands winners:


Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Kathryn Ross – Glen Innes High School


Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement

Anita Thivakon – Inverell High School


Mr Dizdar also acknowledged the role parents played in supporting public schools and public school students.


“The awards also recognise 12 parents, guardians and caregivers who perform invaluable support roles and who contribute significantly to their local NSW public school community; contributions that are deeply appreciated.” 


Public Education Foundation chief executive officer David Riordan said public education was the cornerstone of the future of NSW. 


I am so proud to be recognising excellence, not just in the performances and the personal stories but also in the achievements of students, teachers, and school staff from across NSW.” 


Read the award citations on the Public Education Foundation website 


Photographs of award recipients are available on request.  


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