St Luke’s teachers getting top marks

Teachers Kellie Hansen and Cathie Robinson from St. Luke's Anglican School.
Kellie Hansen and Cathie Robinson from St Luke's Anglican School.

St Luke’s Anglican School teachers are getting top marks when it comes to improving student outcomes.

Two of the school's teachers have been the first in the Wide Bay region to receive national accreditation in teaching through The Australian Institute for the Professional Standards of Teachers (AITSL) for their outstanding contribution and student outcomes.

Kellie Hansen was the first officially appointed Highly Accomplished Teacher under the AITSL standards in the Wide Bay region.

Highly Accomplished teachers are recognised as highly effective, skilled classroom practitioners and routinely work independently and collaboratively to improve their own practice and the practice of colleagues.

They are knowledgeable and active members of the school.

“Through this process, I have had the opportunity to deeply reflect on, develop and enhance new and exciting teaching practices,” Kellie said.

“Working collaboratively with St Luke’s staff members, Independent Schools Queensland and other professional learning communities has been thoroughly enjoyable.

“I look forward to implementing the new skills and knowledge I have learnt through thisprocess into the St Luke’s school community.

“The ongoing support and encouragement that I received from St Luke’s Anglican School throughout this accreditation process has truly been appreciated.”

Cathie Robinson was first officially appointed Lead Teacher under the AITSL standards in the Wide Bay region

Lead teachers are recognised and respected by colleagues, parents and the community as exemplary teachers.

They have demonstrated consistent and innovative teaching practice over time. Inside and outside the school they initiate and lead activities that focus on improving educational opportunities for all students.

“I am thrilled to be awarded Lead teacher accreditation. Being a teacher for the past 33 yrs and having worked at St Luke’s for 21 of those years, I am honoured to be recognised for doing what I love,” Cathie said.

“Thanks to my family, colleagues and community for their support and encouragement.”

Principal Craig Merritt said accreditations such as the AITSL Highly Accomplished and Lead teachers were important, as they provided a reliable indication of quality teaching that can be used to identify, recognise and reward Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers.

“We are extremely proud to announce that our teaching staff are leading the way in education in our region,” he said.

“Inspired teaching is one of five of our strategic priorities for St Luke’s Anglican School. Our goal is to deepen our professional learning culture for staff that embraces excellence, innovation, reflection, collegiality and personal growth.

“It is accomplishments such as this that deliver on our promise to our students, parents and the community.”

Certification recognises those teachers who are highly effective in improving student outcomes.

Evidence of student outcomes is central to the certification process, which includes; student learning, engagement in learning and well-being.