School’s science pathway earns key award

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Pannawonica Primary School took home the Meritorious Leadership Award (the runner-up prize) from the Governor’s School STEM Awards.
Camera IconPannawonica Primary School took home the Meritorious Leadership Award (the runner-up prize) from the Governor’s School STEM Awards. Credit: MCB PHOTOGRAPHICS 0418 911675/MCB Photographics

A primary school in the Pilbara with just over 100 students has been recognised for the work it is doing in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths after being named the runner-up in the 2019 Governor’s School STEM Awards.

Pannawonica Primary School was handed the meritorious leadership award in the primary category at a ceremony held at Government House in Perth on November 26.

The awards, in their fifth year, recognise schools for their leadership and achievements in creating a positive school culture and teaching STEM disciplines.

Science Minister Dave Kelly said this was the first time a school from the Pilbara region had been recognised for outstanding STEM education.

“With the McGowan Government’s State STEM skills strategy delivering more STEM opportunities for students across Western Australia, I hope to see many more regional schools feature in these awards,” he said.

Pannawonica principal Ben Jamieson said the school’s vision was “ohana”, which meant “nobody gets left behind or forgotten”.

“That’s a big reason as to why we do STEM,” he said.

“Every student from kindergarten to Year 6 engages in a STEM learning program with their classroom teacher.”

Mr Jamieson said winning the award was an incredible acknowledgement of the staff, students and community.

“It was a point of celebration for all of the work that has been put in,” he said. “STEM has been something we’ve focused on for the last five years, it hasn’t happened overnight and it’s been a really big journey.”

The awards are delivered through a partnership between Scitech and the State Government.

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