VPA Study Awards 2018

Winners of the 2018 Victorian Principals Association (VPA) Study Awards

Award for Principal Health and Wellbeing

Winner: Mark McLay, Principal, Pleasant Street Primary School (Ballarat)

Title: A Practical Guide to Principal Health and Wellbeing

Synopsis: Mark will develop a support booklet for principals around Wellness and Happiness with a particular focus on regional and rural principals. It will provide simple and practical support in health and wellbeing for principals to utilise.

This resource will outline real life case studies of practicing principals in Australia and New Zealand who successfully maintain a work/life balance as well as key learnings from world class professional development.

This booklet will be submitted to Country Area Partnerships (CEP) for dissemination in over 150 rural schools as well as the Ballarat Arch Cluster, Greater Ballarat Cluster, VPA members and DET networks.

Award for Promoting School & Community Links

Winners: Dale Power and Kylie Nissen, Principal and assistant principal, Miners Rest Primary School (Ballarat)

Title: Targeted Inclusiveness in Early Learning

Synopsis: Connect-Ed is an interactive on-site program offered to parents and facilitated by teachers at Miners Rest primary school.

The program aims to upskill and empower parents to align home support with school strategies including speaking and listening, reading and writing and numbers.

Dale and Kylie plan to refine and expand the program to Miners Rest kindergarten and playgroup and target ‘at risk’ and ‘vulnerable’ parents and carers.

Background of Study Awards
The VPA has a long standing tradition of supporting members in practical ways and facilitating their continuing development. The provision of high-quality Professional Learning continues to be an important priority for the VPA and the VPA Study Awards Program is a significant means by which the Association delivers development opportunities for members. The VPA receives very positive feedback from members who have availed themselves of this Program.


This year, the Study Award Program topics are consistent with the VPA's priority areas for action in 2018.


Principal Health and Wellbeing, Sponsored by Teachers Health




Promoting School and Community Links, Sponsored by Bank First

The VPA would like to acknowledge the generous financial support provided by our two Award Sponsor Partners for the 2018 Study Awards Program, Teacher's Health and Bank First.                     



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