Ballina High in line for award
By DAWN COHEN
BALLINA High is one of only three schools shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
Principal Ros Mayberry was camping in Queensland recently when her mobile phone rang with the news that the school was in the running for The Australian Training Award for excellence in vocational training in schools.
"I let out a short scream, and I understand the other two principals whose schools were shortlisted in Perth and Melbourne did the same," she said.
"It's a real recognition of the fantastic work our teachers do."
The Australian National Training Authority, responsible for national accreditation of vocational training courses runs a national and State-based competition recog- nising program excellence in schools.
Ballina High applied for the national award after winning the equivalent NSW award in the category of Vocation Education and Training (VET) in Schools Excellence Award in September.
Last Tuesday an independent assessor, evaluating all three schools, visited Ballina High and was treated to an inspection of an aeroplane built by students housed at Ballina Airport.
The award focuses on the quality and variety of accredited vocational courses students can take, and the number of students participating.
Ballina High has about 55 courses being taken by Year 11 and Year 12 students and around 50 per cent of those students take at least one vocational course in addition to their other studies.