Clayfield College receives accolades at the Australian Education Awards!

As a College community, we are thrilled to announce that we have received two Excellence Awards as part of the 2021 Australian Education Awards. These annual accolades are recognised as the leading independent awards for the Pre-Prep to Year 12 education sector and celebrate the outstanding achievements and transformative work of the country’s top performing schools, leaders and teachers. 

Congratulations to:
Mrs Lakshmi Mohan, Head of STEM
Excellence Awardee - Secondary School Teacher of the Year Award (Non-Government).
Clayfield College Boarding House
Excellence Awardee - Boarding School of the Year Award. 

It is a significant achievement to be shortlisted as finalists, but even more so in a year which saw the most nominations ever submitted. Our Excellence Awardees have already been acknowledged in The Educator, with the overall winners to be announced at an awards gala in August.

Mrs Kathryn Searle, Head of Boarding says that the award “is recognition of the incredible dedication of our Boarding House team. 2020 was a year like no other, and the connected culture within our boarding community became even stronger. We are so proud that while many other boarding schools had to close due to COVID-19, we were able to continue to provide an exceptional level of care and support for our boarders.”  

“Throughout the pandemic and beyond, we strive to create an optimal environment within which our boarders can make academic progress, and providing individualised care to address the specific needs of each girl.”

Mrs Mohan, who is the Head of STEM at Clayfield and an integral member of the teaching staff for the last fourteen years says she is “honoured and humbled to receive this award.” 

“Education is my passion and nothing gives me more joy than enlightening young minds.  I thoroughly enjoy engaging with students both within and outside the classroom, and am passionate about all facets of this amazing profession that I am fortunate to be a part of.” 

“I am committed to increasing the involvement of young women in STEM subjects and pathways. I am so pleased that at Clayfield College, contrary to global and national trends, the number of students that study senior Science subjects continues to grow steadily, as does the number of Clayfield graduates choosing to pursue STEM career pathways at a tertiary level. I am also grateful to be part of a supportive and stimulating Teaching and Learning community, where every student is valued, nurtured and challenged to achieve both personal and educational success.” 

Dr. Andrew Cousins, Principal says of Mrs Mohan’s exemplary practice, “She (Mrs Mohan) is an exceptional educator, who demonstrates a balance between depth of curriculum knowledge, pedagogical understanding and pastoral care.” 

“As the senior Chemistry teacher, Mrs Mohan exhibits the highest standards of teaching and commitment to her students. In implementing the new senior curriculum, she ensured her students were thoroughly engaged with the syllabus and prepared for all assessment. This was demonstrated with the release of the results of the first ATAR cohort in Queensland. Mrs Mohan’s class achieved outstanding results with 40% of students achieving a result greater than 90% and 80% of the cohort achieving an A standard, which was approximately 2.8 times the state average.”

The Clayfield family is so proud of Mrs Mohan and our Boarding House team and wish them all the best with the final stage of the process.