October 27, 2019
This year marks 20 years of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. The prizes recognise the contributions our scientists, innovators and science teachers make to Australia’s scientific and commercialisation capabilities.
South Australian teachers were awarded both the primary and secondary school prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching, recognition for the fantastic work our science teachers do in the state to inspire the next generation.
Sarah Finnley from Stirling East Primary School was awarded the 2019 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools. Mrs Finney is recognised for raising student interest in science and increasing participation in South Australia’s Oliphant Science Awards from 16 to 63 students. As a science advocate contributing to professional learning communities, she has made significant contributions within the school, region and state to strengthen the curriculum.
Dr Samantha Moyle of Brighton Secondary School was awarded the 2019 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. Dr Moyle is recognised for her passion for science and being a role model to her students. As the lead teacher in the Think Big Special Interest Program for integrated learning in STEM at Brighton Secondary School (SA), she demonstrated a full story of accomplishment from the classroom, to the school and to the community, providing a tangible picture of a dedicated and influential teacher with impact.
You can read about all the awardees honoured at the presentations on the 16 October here.