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St Patrick’s College Townsville has been shortlisted for two prestigious national awards for education in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).
Dean of Innovation, Ms Annie Van Homrigh has been short-listed in the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science Teaching. The College has also been named a finalist in the Australian Education Awards Best STEM Program category for 2018 - the only Townsville school
“This is a wonderful achievement for our Science Faculty and we are certainly very proud and excited as we wait for the final announcements later this year,” said Ms Paulina Skerman, College Principal.
Challenging national trends which show a slow uptake of girls in science, St Patrick’s College is full steam ahead creating an innovative environment that is seeing a large and increasing percentage of girls choosing the STEM subjects.
“It is a combination of exceptional teachers, innovative practices and the enabling of opportunities for our girls to extend themselves beyond the classroom through extracurricular activities such as international STEM tours, tertiary programs and national competitions,” said Ms Skerman.
“However our STEM program does not sit alone. Our STEM team collaborates with our Arts team wherever possible, as it is a natural combination, one where creativity drives innovation and vice versa. The Arts is just as big at St Patrick’s College as STEM. It makes for an exciting and innovative culture and one where our girls are seeing the natural collaboration and potential. In fact, in our newly designed and introduced subject, “The Start-Up”, our girls are using both of these skills sets in a real-world way.
“Being named as finalists in two separate national STEM awards programs is certainly very rewarding, considering our redesigned STEM department is relatively new.
“Each year we are introducing major programs and initiatives. In 2016 we introduced Marine Science and ran the first STEM Trek USA. In 2017 we ran the first #STEM Like a Pat’s Girl program and this year we introduced our new subject, “The Start-Up” and will once again run STEM Trek USA and #STEM Like a Pat’s Girl. In 2016 our Head of Faculty Science, Mr Chris Pacey was awarded the prestigious Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education for Outstanding Teacher of STEM.
“We have a great team here at the College and the announcement of these awards short-listings are testimony to the incredible work, dedication and passion our teachers have for their craft. Our girls are being taught by experts in their fields.”
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45 The Strand (PO Box 721)
Townsville Qld 4810
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