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Scholarship Winners Announced Dedicated to the Dedicated Awards 2016

NGS Super is excited to announce the scholarship winners for the 2016 Dedicated to Dedicated Awards. Congratulations to the six deserving winners who have demonstrated dedication to the education industry and commitment to learning.

After a stringent selection process with over 100 applications, the judges have selected three winners for the teacher category, one for management category, one for support staff category, and one for the ‘Judges Choice’ award.

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Adam Burford, Teacher, St John’s Grammar Belair (SA)
Teacher category winner

Adam’s work is dedicated to bridging the connection between students of similar ages from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Initially, to enable Tanzanian students from rural isolated backgrounds to learn English via an online language exchange classroom with students from St John’s Grammar. The NGS scholarship would provide funding towards the online classroom setup, teachers in the remote location, and enabling the facilitation of a two-way communication and learning program between the two cultures.

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Catherine Sydes, CEO, Marist Youth Care (NSW) 
Management category winner

Catherine dedicates her work to helping over 4,000 vulnerable children and young people, of which 90% have experienced severe trauma. The NGS scholarship would help her undertake a study tour to the US to review new approaches to dealing with traumatised children and young people, then translating this into a trauma informed toolkit for other teacher and schools in Australia. Specifically, her toolkit will be based around The Sanctuary Model® pioneered in the US with the six key principles of a trauma informed approach: safety, trustworthiness, peer support, collaboration, empowerment, and culture.

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Dale Kelly, Teacher, St Stephens (WA)
Judge’s Choice Award

Dale’s work is dedicated to enriching and broadening young Australian student’s outlook on life, at the same time providing a safe haven to orphaned children in need. He has a scheduled trip in 2017 to take 18 students on a self-funded service tour to South Africa. Students will pay for their own tour costs as well as raise $700 each to contribute to the service project. The scholarship funding provided by NGS will be used to build a dining hall at the Jehova Jireh Haven – caring for over 100 disadvantaged, orphan children.

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Evan Watts, Head of Year 9, Eltham College (VIC)
Teacher category winner

Evan is dedicated to promoting community engagement and educational innovation through city-based learning and hands-on experiences. The scholarship provides assistance towards Evan’s study trip to New York City to establish connections between students and business hubs, social entrepreneurs and environmentalists - developing innovative solutions to the challenges of sustainable living within urban environments.


Joanne George, Drama Teacher, Knox Grammar School (NSW)
Teacher category winner

Joanne is dedicated to enabling those who are blind or with low vision to access theatre through her volunteer work as an Audio Describer, fostering greater links between professional theatre companies and schools. The scholarship is granted to help her to get to London where she will immerse herself in industry best practice at the Vocal Eyes and The National Theatre.

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Liane Simpson, Visual Arts Assistant, MLC School (NSW)
Support staff category winner

Liane is dedicated and inspired to promote visual arts and creativity in schools. With the scholarship provided by NGS, she plans to take Australian primary school art to the world by organising a nation-wide primary school art competition with the theme ‘Living in Australia’. Winning entries would be taken to Barnekunstmuseet, The International Museum of Children’s Art in Oslo, Norway, where children’s artwork from around the work are celebrated and preserved for future generations, leaving an art legacy to inspire future generations.

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