Nominations for the 2019 Awards are now open!

Each year the School Psychologists’ Association of WA Inc (SPAWA) recognises the significant contribution made by school psychologists to education in Western Australia through their annual awards. These awards acknowledge and celebrate the difference school psychologists make to the lives of young people and their school communities.

The awards are Early Career School Psychologist of the Year Award, school psychologists in their first five years of practice, and the School Psychologist of the Year Award, for more experienced school psychologists.

School Principals, Lead School Psychologists, (School Psychology Service) and Managers, Coordinators and Team Leaders across all services CEWA, AISWA and DoE are invited to nominate outstanding school psychologists who have worked in schools in 2018 and/or 2019 through the provision of a statement about the psychologists’ contributions to the schools. Nominations close on Friday August 9.

The information below provides additional information and criteria.

Enquiries regarding the awards may be made to Chrystal Makene via phone 0436673175 or email spawa.awards@gmail.com

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019

The School Psychologists’ Association of WA Inc. (SPA) wishes to recognise the contributions of a SPA member who, in practice as a school psychologist, is making a significant contribution to education in Western Australia.   

In order to be nominated, an individual must:

  • Be working as a school psychologist, school psychologist consultant, or lead school psychologist in the Department of Education WA, in Catholic Education (CEWA), Association of Independent Schools (AISWA) or in another independent educational school or setting.

  • Have more than five years’ experience working as a school psychologist

  • Be a member of SPA, but not on the Committee of the Association

  • Be aware of the nomination as attendance is expected at the award presentation

A principal of one of the schools in which the psychologist works (2018 and/or 2019) plus one other administrator or manager are required to provide a statement about the psychologist’s contribution to the school/s and or service.  The award presentation will be during the Annual SPA Conference (Friday 27 September 2019) and the winner may be photographed for publicity purposes.

The successful candidate will receive $1000 cash, SPA membership for one year, free registration at the next SPA Conference, a certificate of recognition, a crystal plaque award and a professional book (up to $100 value).

Each submission must include the following:

  • A cover page marked “Confidential: 2019 School Psychologist of the Year Nomination” and includes;

    • names and contact details of the proposer(s), school principal, other administrator or manager and nominee

    • school(s) serviced and region (if relevant)

    • nominee’s qualifications and role in 2018/2019

  • Responses to the criteria (page 2) that together are no more than two pages in length (minimum 11 point Arial and 2 cm borders).

  • A supporting statement from the school principal and other administrator or manager.

Submission of the nominee’s curriculum vitae is optional (not more than 2 pages).

Submissions will be considered by a panel, which will include two SPA Committee members, a principal and a university-based professional.  Any possible conflict of interest will be declared before proceeding.

School Psychologist of the Year 2019 – Criteria

Please address the following criteria;

  1. Leadership in problem identification and the development, implementation and monitoring of effective interventions at group and systemic levels for a diverse range of students and school communities.

  2. Demonstrated excellence in building positive relationships, communicating, reporting and providing feedback at the whole school or systemic level.

  3. Leadership in developing and facilitating partnerships in school communities to achieve outcomes and build capacity.

  4. Leadership and engagement in professional activities that fosters the development of others, promotes effective practice and contributes to the development of learning communities.

Please email nominations to spawa.awards@gmail.com   by Friday 9 August (Week 3, Term 3).  All nominations received will be treated as confidential.  Following the completion of the process, nominees’ confidential information will be kept on record for one year only.

 EARLY CAREER SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019

The School Psychologists’ Association of WA Inc (SPA) wishes to recognise the contributions of a SPA member who, in practice as a school psychologist, is making a significant contribution to education in Western Australia.   

In order to be nominated, an individual must:

  • Be working as a school psychologist (registered /provisionally registered) in government, Catholic or independent education

  • Be in their first five years of practice as a school psychologist

  • Be a member of SPA, but not on the Committee of the Association

  • Be aware of the nomination as attendance is expected at the award presentation

A principal of one of the schools in which the psychologist (registered /provisionally registered)  works (2018 and/or 2019) plus one other principal, administrator or manager are required to provide a statement about the individual’s contribution to the school/s and or service. The award presentation will be held during the SPA Conference (Friday 27 September 2019), and the winner may be photographed for publicity purposes.

The successful candidate will receive $500 cash, SPA membership for one year, free registration at the next SPA Conference, a certificate of recognition, a crystal plaque award and a professional book (up to $100 value).

Each submission must include the following:

  • A cover page marked “Confidential: 2019 Early Career School Psychologist of the Year Nomination” and include:

    • names and contact details of the proposer(s), school principal/s other administrator or manager and nominee

    • school(s) serviced and region (if relevant)

    • nominee’s qualifications and role in 2018/2019

  • Responses to the criteria (page 2) that together are no more than two pages in length (minimum 11 point Arial and 2 cm borders).

  • A supporting statement from the school principal/s, and other administrator or manager

Submission of the nominee’s curriculum vitae is optional (not more than 2 pages).

Submissions will be considered by a panel, which will include two SPA committee members, a principal and a university-based professional.  Any possible conflict of interest will be declared before proceeding.

Early Career School Psychologist of the Year 2019 – Criteria

Please address the following criteria:

  1. Highly-proficient skills in supporting schools to identify problems and to develop, implement and monitor group, school or system level interventions for a diverse range of students and school communities.

  2. Demonstrated excellence in building positive relationships, communicating, reporting and providing feedback at the whole school or systemic level.

  3. Development and facilitation of partnerships in school communities to achieve outcomes and build capacity.

  4. Leadership and engagement in professional activities that fosters the development of others, promotes effective practice and contributes to the development of learning communities.

Please email all nominations to spawa.awards@gmail.com by Friday 9 August 2019 (Week 3, Term 3).  All nominations received will be treated as confidential.  Following the completion of the process, nominees’ confidential information will be kept on record for one year only.

SPA Awards

Since 2007 the School Psychologists’ Association of WA Inc (SPA) has sought to recognise and honour the contributions of SPA members who, through their work as school psychologists, make a significant contribution to education in Western Australia. School Psychologists are nominated by colleagues, managers and Principals who in so doing are fostering a culture of open acknowledgement and celebration of the difference school psychologists make to lives of young people and their school communities.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
2018 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Karen Lee Seymour - SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST OF THE YEAR

Graham Goodall-Smith- EARLY CAREER SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST OF THE YEAR

David Axworthy- ARTHUR SKINNER AWARD

From left to right: Vice President Kylie DuPlessis with School Psychologist of the year 2018 Karen Lee Seymour.

From left to right: Vice President Kylie DuPlessis with School Psychologist of the year 2018 Karen Lee Seymour.

From Left to right: SPAWA Patron Professor Carmen Lawrence with Early Career School Psychologist of the Year 2018 Graham Goodall-Smith and SPAWA President Shannon Steven.

From Left to right: SPAWA Patron Professor Carmen Lawrence with Early Career School Psychologist of the Year 2018 Graham Goodall-Smith and SPAWA President Shannon Steven.


Previous Award Recipients

School Psychologist of the Year Award:

2018 – Karen Lee Seymour

2017 – Colleen Hackett

2016 – Debra Cochrane

2015 – Laura Allison

2014 – Yael Seth

2013 – Fran Davies

2012 – Graham Lambert

2011 – Rica Branca

2009 – Helen Thompson

2008 – Tracey Weatherilt

2007 – Tim Thornton

 

Early Career School Psychologist of the Year Award:

2018 – Graham Goodall-Smith

2017 – Sarah Heppell

2016 – Sarah Harrower

2015 – Casie Cope

2014 – Jayde Walsh

2013 – Kylie DuPlessis

2012 – Jessica Illich

2011 – Sven Jamvold

2009 – Suzie Elias

 

Arthur Skinner Memorial Award:

2018 – David Axworthy

2017 – Megan Rimes

2016 – Gary Williams

2015 – Maura O’Connell

2014 – Alan Plumb

2013 – Jan Fletcher

2012 – Sue Rowe

2011 – John Hesketh

2010 – Jenny Cugley

2009 – Ken Glasgow

2008 – Peter Hamilton

2007 – Barbara Tydeman

 

Research Award:

2015 – Sashya Gunasekera

2013 – Karen-Lee Seymour