One of our teachers, Anja Reid, who teaches German to our lower primary and upper primary students, as well as teaching Creative Expression to our upper primary students, was awarded the Outstanding Community Languages Teacher of the Year Award 2021, which is held by the State Government in partnership with Community Languages Western Australia. She received the Award for the teaching she does at the Goethe Institut (Goethe Society WA).
This year, the Award was personally handed over by Minister Dr Tony Buti MLA at the WA Museum Boola Bardip on 10 August 2021.
The Award recognises exceptional and outstanding contributions to significantly influence and enhance the quality of teaching and learning within a Community Language in Western Australia and the strong commitment to the welfare and inclusion of all students.
“Anja is highly regarded as a German teacher and in our community. She works tirelessly and with all her heart and soul,” said Maike Bollen, President of the Goethe Society WA.
The Goethe Society WA is a partner of the international Partner for Future (PASCH) Network, which is an initiative of the German Government; and because of this partnership, Goethe Society WA can offer a German Language Diploma (DSD2) which is accepted as evidence of German language skills for studying at German universities. The DSD2 certificates are awarded by the Minister of Multicultural Affairs and the Honorary Consul of Germany which promotes the importance of community languages in WA for bilateral and multilateral partnerships. Without Anja’s expertise, dedication, and passion this would not have been possible.
“Anja leads this program in fulfilling the great responsibility to continuously assess our student’s language skills, identify gaps and custom tailor individual learning plans to ensure that all students pass the DSD2 exam as well as the Western Australian Certificate of Education exam,” Said Ms Bollen.
She added, “Anja has not only a strong background in education, but she has also worked as a volunteer for a mental health helpline, which reflects her strong belief that the students’ wellbeing is always in the centre of all her teaching. To her students come first and she is exceptional in understanding the needs and worries of teenagers.”
“We are very proud to have Anja as part of our Goethe Society family and we wish her all the best for her future endeavours,” Said Ms Bollen.
We congratulate Anja on her award and thank her for the amazing work she also does at our school!
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