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Teachers’ Guild Recognition

֭Ƶ is proud to announce that Principal, Dr Briony Scott, has been bestowed the highest honour from the Teachers’ Guild of NSW, the 2023 Phyllis Evans Medal. Nine further ֭Ƶ educators were also recognised with prestigious awards.

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PHOTO: VIP guests include The Hon Prue Car MP, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education, The Hon Sarah Mitchell, Shadow Minister for Education and Early Learning, Mr Murat Dizdar, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, Ms Margery Evans, CEO, Association of Independent Schools of NSW, Dr Frederick Osman, President of the Teachers' Guild of NSW, Dr Briony Scott, ֭Ƶ Principal, Prof Mark Scott, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney.

Dr Scott used her speech at the Guild’s annual awards night presentation in late October, to reflect on her passion for education and belief in the current generation of young people.

"This is a great honour that I cannot accept without recognising the work of those who have gone before and colleagues who know what it is to work in complex ecosystems in complex times. We are in this together," she began.

Dr Scott reflected on the motto of the Guild, I teach that I may learn, saying that after decades of teaching, she is still learning every day. "At the very least, every child I think I know keeps growing. Every time I meet them, I have to adjust my beliefs about who they are ... I am changed by a child who genuinely hates school and the narrow constraints that institutions necessarily inflict, when in fact we know that life is rich and wild and wide. I want these children to know that everything is okay, that everything will work out, that they will thrive when they find their tribe, even though it does not feel like it right now," she said.

Dr Scott also emphasised the significant influence that adults have on children. "We cannot place expectations on our children that we are not prepared to place on ourselves." 

The nine other ֭Ƶ educators recognised for their exceptional work were:

  • Domonique Mileto
  • Brittany Skea
  • Linda Macqueen
  • Ross Millar
  • Kasey Wood  
  • Yvette Lewington
  • Paul Hollis
  • Montanna Teh       
  • Trish Davis