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St Paul’s, a runner up finalist for Best STEM Program in Australian Education Awards

Date: September 23, 2019

The St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School Junior School at the Warragul Campus was announced in June as a finalist for this year’s Australian Education Awards in the category of Best STEM Program.

At the recent awards ceremony in Sydney, it was announced that St Paul’s was one of the runners up, with competition so close that the presenter advised it was a very close result with the top four schools being within one point.

The Australian Education Awards recognise the achievements of Australia’s top performing schools, principals and teachers in a series of School Awards, Individual Awards and Curriculum Awards.

St Paul’s competed against over 150 submissions in this category, with the overall winner of this category, being a Northern Territory secondary school, Taminmin College.

The St Paul’s Junior School is committed to the development of STEM in every day teaching to raise foundational skills in STEM learning areas with all students from the Early Learning Centre to Year 6 having the opportunity to participate in problem-based learning projects that encompass a STEM, transdisciplinary approach. In 2016, St Paul’s opened the STEM Centre at the Warragul Junior School, which has been highly engaging for students and an exciting addition to the learning and teaching of STEM.

The importance of STEM is recognised in the education sector and is widely talked about as a national priority closely linked to Australia’s productivity and economic future.  Since the announcement of the Finalist Award, St Paul’s Warragul Junior School has had Melbourne schools and universities visiting and contacting them to find out how they introduced their leading STEM program and look at how it is delivered to the students.