Abbotsleigh's winning staff

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Congratulations to two of our Abbotsleigh staff members who have each received a $5,000 scholarship as winners in the 2017 NGS Super Scholarship Awards. 

The Awards, formerly known as the Dedicated to the Dedicated Awards, encourage the professional development of teachers, support staff and management staff of non-government schools, while further enhancing the education sector. 

Abbotsleigh congratulates Margaret Jordan and Peter Garside on their outstanding achievements, being two of just five people awarded from a category of approximately 150 high-calibre entrants. 



Peter Garside presented with his award at Abbotsleigh by Brent Hopping, NGS Super. 

Peter Garside, Senior School Mathematics Teacher

Peter is the founder of Systematic, a puzzle-based tool used to engage students in a number of symbolic learning tasks as well as mathematics and numeracy. The scholarship awarded to Peter will be used to further develop his pre-existing digital resource and distribute the tool to schools across Australia.

“I’m privileged to work at a school that is remarkably collegial and where we have access to terrific professional development and amazing departmental resources. I wish to produce a web-based teaching and learning resource which will be meaningful for communities which are not as lucky as the one in which I teach and I am very thankful to NGS for their kind support of this project,” said Peter. 



Margaret Jordan presented with her award at Abbotsleigh by Brent Hopping, NGS Super.

Margaret Jordan, Head of Data Analysis

Margaret established a ‘Data Network’ of like-minded educators whose focus is to utilise data for school improvement. With her scholarship funding, she will tour schools in New South Wales and interstate which fall under the umbrella of the Association of Independent Schools and which are utilising data to improve teaching, learning and student welfare in a meaningful way.

“I was excited to receive the scholarship as it means that I will be able to undertake a study tour to visit NSW and interstate schools who are making use of data to improve teaching and learning and student welfare. I will then be able to work on how we can go further with our use of data at Abbotsleigh.

I will also be sharing what I learn with other educators who are part of an interschool Data Network which I instigated earlier this year. As both a classroom teacher of Mathematics and as Head of Data Analysis at Abbotsleigh I am convinced that data-informed school improvement is just at the start of its journey in Australian schools and that all educators and schools have much to learn. I am excited by the possibilities and can see the vital importance of educators rather than ICT professionals being the planners, drivers and thinkers behind this movement if it is genuinely to enhance student welfare and learning outcomes,” said Margaret. 




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