National Excellence Award
The Scots School Albury is among Australia’s top five Regional Schools after it was recognised with Excellence Awards in two categories of the 2020 Australian Education Awards in Sydney last week.
Scots was recognised for its outstanding teaching and learning with an Excellence Award in the Regional School of the Year category, and for its home-away-from-home experience with an Excellence Award in the Boarding School of the Year.
The School also had a finalist in the Junior School Principal of the Year award when Mathew Boundy was lauded for his work with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Scots Principal Mark Geraets said it was an amazing achievement and the Australia-wide recognition was testament to the incredibly hard work of all the staff at the School.
“Recognition at this level is hugely gratifying for all the staff who make Scots an incredible place of teaching and learning,” Mr Geraets said. “Our teachers put their heart and soul into making Scots the best it can be. They go above and beyond to make it a positive, creative and inspiring environment and our students respond to their dedication without even realising it. It doesn’t matter if you’re a high-flying academic student or someone who has strengths in other areas, our teachers encourage and nurture every individual to be their best possible self.”
He said it also was fitting that the Boarding community was rewarded for its tenacity and resilience in a difficult year.
“Many of our farming families had to deal with drought and bushfire even before Covid came along so it’s been a difficult year for them and Scots Boarding has lived it with them, supported them and provided their children a stable and consistent environment.”
The Awards are open to any individual or school operating in the Australian K-12 education industry and are presented annually after a rigorous judging process by a panel of educational industry leaders and senior representatives.