Top teachers win Minister’s Awards for fantastic effort

RECEIVING State recognition for their dedication and success, two Birrong High School teachers have won 2021 NSW Minister’s Awards for Excellence.

Kelly Andrews and Livia Bolanca were included on the list of 105 of the State’s best who have made major contributions to their school communities.
Teaching at Birrong High for 10 years, Kelly said she couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.
“It so rare to find this type of synergy, passion and commitment in the people around you,” she said.
“It’s always a surprise to be recognised outside the classroom. In teaching, the rewards are very intrinsic as change occurs over time. The real reward is the pride and joy we experience in everyday moments as we witness learning and achievement.
“I feel the award is an acknowledgement of the culture of strong HSC results I have built in partnership with my colleagues over the years.
“I am still awestruck by the determination that our HSC students show, overcoming often huge obstacles and disadvantage to mix it with the best in the state in Advanced English.”
Livia has been at the teaching coalface at Birrong for 28 years and is also working with the NSW Department of Education helping to close the equity gap for students across NSW.
Believing she caught the judge’s eye thanks to her positive impact on learning outcomes over many years, she said: “I would love to continue deepening my work with the Department since that provides me with multiple opportunities to achieve student lift across the State.”
Also celebrating are Picnic Point Public’s Don Dwarte and Padstow North Public’s Emma Mackenzie who each won a Secretary’s Award for Excellent Service.