Governor’s School STEM* Awards 2016

The STEM Awards will recognise the Principal and leadership team from two primary schools and two secondary schools/colleges for their support and leadership in developing and aligning the school’s STEM education program.

Celebrating school leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education.


The primary and secondary recipients of the Leadership Excellence Award (winner) will receive:

  • $2,000 for their STEM programs,
  • an invitation to visit Government House including house tour and refreshments,
  • a Scitech visit for up to 90 students; and
  • a framed certificate.

Meritorious Leadership Award (runner-up) will receive:

  • $1,000 for their STEM programs,
  • an invitation to visit Government House including house tour and refreshments,
  • a Scitech visit for up to 90 students; and
  • a framed certificate.

Finalist schools will receive a certificate in a folder.

How to get involved:

  • Register your school by 10 June, 2016 (see below)
  • Ensure your school participates in The STAWA Science Talent Searchand / or The MAWA activities and Mathematics competitions as listed below. School involvement in the following events and competitions will contribute towards selection for the Governor’s award short list of schools.

Enter students in any of the following competitions or activities

  • MAWA – Have Sum Fun (HSF): Face-to-face
  • MAWA – Have Sum Fun (HSFOL): Online
  • MAV – Maths Talent Quest (MTQ):
    To enter this competition you will need toresigister with MAV directly.
  • Mathematics Olympiad competitions
  • National Mathematics Summer School
  • AMT – The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC)
    To enter this competition you will need toresigister with AMT directly.
  • AMT – The Australian Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians Competition (MCYA)

Apply and meet the condition to be a MAWA Maths Active School

Information for Schools

The Governor’s School STEM Awards recognise and celebrate Western Australian schools that demonstrate excellence in leadership, advocacy, engagement and achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

These Awards identify high quality outcomes and approaches in the STEM subjects as well as in the way STEM teaching is integrated across the learning areas.

The principal and leadership team from schools will be recognised for their support and leadership in developing their schools’ STEM education program in 2016.

Principles underpinning the selection process

  • High quality school leadership will encourage, nurture and celebrate STEM initiatives in schools
  • High quality teaching within and across each of the STEM subjects is critical to high levels of student engagement and high quality student STEM outcomes.
  • High quality STEM learning is evident in schools when students are inspired to participate in and achieve their best in STEM learning.

Evaluation criteria

Evidence of school leadership in STEM

  • Have implemented a vision for learning that sees all students and STEM teachers engaged in and enthused about STEM learning and the potential future opportunities this will bring.
  • Know and understand why STEM education is important to the future of individuals and the nation as a whole.
  • Lead the management of the school by ensuring resources are allocated to STEM education within the school.
  • Use of qualitative and quantitative data in planning and evaluation of STEM learning.

Evidence of quality STEM teaching

  • Evidence of STEM teaching as per Western Australian Curriculum across all year levels.
  • Evidence of professional learning of staff (external or within the school)
  • Evidence of collaboration and co-ordination between all teachers in optimising STEM at the school and from partners in STEM externally.
  • Evidence of support for student engagement in internal and external STEM activities, particularly those where students demonstrate innovation, collaboration and pursuit of their own ideas.

Evidence of student engagement and outcomes

  • Evidence of participation in a variety of activities across the student body.

Evidence that student engagement, participation and learning are improved through engagement with STEM activities

The Selection process

The selection process is outlined below:

regSTEP ONE: School registration – schools will provide school details and a summary of their approach to STEM education. Registrations (see attachment 1) will open on 5 May and close on 10 June 2016.

STEP TWO: All registered schools will submit the Evaluation Criteria Form (see attachment 2) outlining their approach to STEM education across school leadership, quality teaching, and student engagement and outcomes. Submissions will open on 1 August and close on 26 August 2016.

STEP THREE: Additional supporting evidence will be provided by external organisations about schools participation in STEM activities including STAWA Science Talent Search, MAWA competitions and other external STEM-related competitions. Some participation and achievement data may also be obtained from SCSA.

STEP FOUR: The judging panel will develop a short-list of finalist schools in September.

STEP FIVE: Each finalist school will be visited by the judging panel. Judges will interview principals and members of their leadership team, staff and students to help determine the winners based on the above criteria. Visits will occur early in Term 4.

On reviewing the list of registrants, the Committee may invite additional schools that have not registered, but are identified as having excellent STEM programs, to register.



Attachment 1

Attachment 2


Tel: (08) 9244 1987


Rom Cirillo – President
Tel: 0408 915 235

* STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics