Ms James Wins Educator Award

Deputy Principal, Ms Chonny James, has been recognised as one of Australia’s most influential educators in 2023. The Educator’s Hot List for 2023 recognised 50 individuals across the country for their leadership and innovation in the sector and one of only two in Western Australia.

As Director of Wellbeing, Ms James and her team launched PLC’s Year 9 Service Leadership programme. Each year, our Year 9s are custodians of PLC’s Service Leadership Portfolios walking alongside our community partners and gaining a deeper understanding of the issues facing these sectors. This collaborative approach is the heartbeat of the initiatives, fostering a connection and a shared responsibility to those working in Disability (partnering with Rocky Bay), Seniors (partnering with Shine and Curtin Living), Children in Foster Care (partnering with Foster Care WA), Homelessness (partnering with St Patrick’s Community Support Centre), Education (partnering with Uniting WA), Environment (partnering with Good Sammys), and Mental Health.

In 2023, we were delighted to add SBS as our partner for our Social Justice portfolio. Leveraging SBS’s Inclusion Programme, our students develop lesson plans that teach the importance of inclusion and cultural humility that hopefully will be used in schools across Australia.

“We have long recognised that Year 9 students benefit from opportunities to connect with others, develop empathy, and have real opportunities to think creatively to solve the issues affecting others. I am grateful to my incredible team as well as our partner organisations who are so generous in allowing our students access to their staff and clients. It is because of these partnerships that our students complete the programme with a deep appreciation of the incredible work our partners do, and want to continue to try to make a difference,” Ms James said.

Principal Cate Begbie said, “I am delighted PLC’s Service Leadership programme has been recognised for the incredible impact it is having, not only on our students, but on many people living within our community. This award is richly deserved by Ms James for the incredible programme she has created from an idea.”

Congratulations, Ms James.

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