awards01.jpgBrian Bahnisch Award, 2006

The winner of the prestigious Brian Bahnisch Award for 2006 is Aquinas College situated on the Gold Coast.

This is a biennial award that  recognises and encourages collaborations and partnerships involving teacher-librarians, teachers and other members of the school community.

The Brian Bahnisch Award has as its focus positive learning outcomes for students.  As the learner is central to the school and to the work of teachers, so the teacher-librarian as curriculum leader and information specialist working collaboratively with teachers in a school community is central to achieving positive learning outcomes for students.

The judging panel supplied the following comments:

We would like to commend Aquinas College and the work of their teacher-librarian Marjorie Kirkland.  The project nominated for the award demonstrated a whole school focus on literacy through the implementation of a whole school literacy plan.  It exhibits significant leadership by Marjorie in working with Mary-Elizabeth Nash, Assistant to the Principal, Administration and Marie Samuels, Head of Middle School, to collaboratively establish a planned, systematic approach to the teaching and learning of literacy in order to improve student learning outcomes.  The project displays a strong link to the mission and vision of Aquinas College and the dedication of the school to improving learning outcomes for students.

The award, presented by Professor Kerrie Mallan of the Queensland University of Technology, was accepted by Marj. on behalf of the college, at the SLAQ 2006 conference dinner in Mackay. In her acceptance speech, Marj. paid tribute to the school team of teachers and administrators, whom she said were driven by the belief stated in the Rowe Report (2005), that "teachers and teacher-librarians make a difference".

Congratulations to Marj. Kirkland and Aquinas College for their professionalism, dedication and excellence in teaching.