Curtin School of Education graduates recognised for ECEC excellence at recent awards
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Curtin School of Education graduates recognised for ECEC excellence at recent awards

by Freya Lucas

June 06, 2019

The Curtin School of Education’s annual awards ceremony is an opportunity for the University to recognise academic achievement and commitment to the field of education. Among those recognised at the recent awards ceremony were a significant portion of graduates who will go on to work in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC).


Triple award winner and Bachelor of Early Childhood Graduate, Louise Legerstee, was amongst the 18 students who studied with Curtin in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The students were acknowledged across 24 award categories, sponsored by fellow educators and sector partners.


Head of the School of Education at Curtin, Professor Rhonda Oliver, said the ceremony was an opportunity to reward the hard work and exceptional achievements of the recipients, saying the University prides itself on its high standards, and the graduates being recognised were a reflection of that.


“These award-winning graduates have met our every expectation in terms of educational excellence,” Professor Oliver said, adding that she was confident that the graduates “will make a positive difference in the education system through the impact they will have on the lives of many children.”


The awards ceremony, held at Curtin University’s Perth Campus on 31 May 2019, recognised the following outstanding achievements by those pursuing qualifications in early childhood:


Louise Legerstee

Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood Education


  • Early Years in Education Society Award (awarded to a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) graduate in recognition of academic achievement during the course)


  • The Early Childhood Australia Internship Award (awarded to the Early Childhood Education graduate who has achieved the highest result during their Internship)


  • The Open Universities Australia Award in Education (awarded to an Open Universities Australia undergraduate student who achieved excellence in overall academic performance during the course).


Lauren McWilliam

Bachelor of Education –Early Childhood Education


  • Australian Association of Special Education Award (awarded to a Bachelor of Education student who has completed special education and shown great promise in this area).


Kay Colville

Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood Education


  • Science Teachers Association of WA (STAWA) Award (awarded to a pre-service teacher who has demonstrated not only an outstanding grade in science units but also a significant contribution to the science education community in the field of Early Childhood Education)


The Sector extends its congratulations to the award winners, and all recent graduates of Early Childhood qualifications, wishing them every success moving forward.

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