Lyn Lusi has been an Education Support Officer at the St Bernard’s College Essendon for nine years.
Lyn’s work is egoless. She ‘does good … quietly’ without ever seeking praise. She is humble in her achievements and frequently comes to school early to work with students who need a helping hand. Lyn actively seeks out students who are experiencing difficulties in their school life and those students are left in a better place for their encounters with Lyn.
She is particularly noted as being a person who upholds the dignity of students who can be perceived by others as ‘problematic’. Lyn’s compassion and support for other members of staff who are experiencing difficulties, is also well recognised as one of her special qualities.
Staff members describe her as compassionate and generous, a person who puts the lessons of the Gospel into action through her dealings with others. She is always positive, good-natured and selfless. Lyn is a regular communicant at the College’s weekly Wednesday morning Eucharist and while few members of staff are aware of it, she also provides the flowers to place at the feet of the Marian stature in the Chapel on a weekly basis.
Lyn cares about her Catholic faith and is a very authentic witness to the teachings of Jesus and the charism of Edmund Rice.
Lyn Lusi is a worthy recipient of an EREA Charter Leadership Award for Gospel Spirituality.
Kathy Jenkins has been a teacher at St Joseph’s College Geelong since 2001. She presently holds the ATSI and Refugee Coordinator role at the College. Kathy is a fierce advocate for asylum seekers and refugees at the College and the wider Geelong community.
Kathy’s actions in refugee advocacy began when she was a secondary student. On weekends she would visit a reception centre for asylum seekers where she engaged in conversations with the adults and played games with the children. Fast forward to 2012 and Kathy actively became involved in the Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG). When the Australian Government re-opened offshore detention, CRAG was in its infancy and Kathy was a key figure at that time.
At St Joseph’s Kathy aims to raise staff awareness of the different and varying needs of refugee students, increase staff capacity to deal with the needs of those students and increase their confidence to engage with families.
Kathy has achieved this through organising Professional Development for staff that focusses on the English as an Additional Language continuum. Kathy has also established a professional relationship with other teachers in the Geelong region to create a support network for staff who teach EAL students.
Kathy realised that many refugee families struggled to make connections with other families in the school community. In response, Kathy has organised a Welcome Dinner for refugee families. The dinner helps to broaden a family’s social network, as well as their support base, and in turn assists with integrating them into the school community.
Kathy is very aware of the varying obstacles refugee families face and has now ensured that interpreters are present at school events, such as the Mother/Son Evening, to enable the involvement of families who have limited English.
Kathy is also a key organiser of the annual Refugee Week and a strong advocate in support of those held in Australia’s immigration camps on Manus Island and Nauru.
Kathy is gradually releasing herself from teaching responsibilities with the sole aim to devote more time to tutoring asylum seeker families in Geelong and to be more heavily involved in CRAG.
Kathy is to be commended on her tireless efforts to change the lives of the most vulnerable people living in our community. Kathy is a worthy recipient of the Justice and Solidarity award.
Sean Brannan is the Assistant Principal Pastoral Care at St Pius X College Chatswood. Sean has been at St Pius X for 19 years and has given extraordinary service to Edmund Rice education for the benefit of the students, families and staff of the College, other EREA schools and EREBB.
Sean’s colleagues recognise and affirm him for:
Sean recognises the impact that the Christian Brothers had on him since his own school days and he dedicates his service in similar ways.
David Parnell has been teaching for over 25 years including at three Catholic schools, eleven of those years have been at Waverley College. He currently holds the position of Head of Learning Support,
Like all EREA schools, Waverley is a non-selective school which caters for the needs of a variety of learners including Indigenous students, students with learning difficulties, students from non-English speaking backgrounds and those with a physical disability. This accounts for over 100 students at the College.
In his time at the College, David has gone above and beyond in providing additional support for students outside of school hours. David assists students most at risk and ensures each boy takes his learning seriously and is well supported on his learning journey. David’s work ethic and care for his students can only be described as outstanding.
David has initiated a before school reading program aimed at improving literacy levels at the College. He is a member of the Waverley College Literacy committee and coordinates the intensive intervention numeracy and literacy classes for students not meeting minimum standards. David has also introduced handwriting groups to improve students’ fine motor skills. David works closely with external professionals in the planning of this initiative, including occupational therapists.
David is held in high esteem by his peers and outside organisations. He provides all staff with quality professional development for working with students with special health, behavioural and learning needs. He also provides staff with practical differentiation strategies to increase engagement and achievement for students with additional learning needs.
David is a strong supporter of the College’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program and is the first point of contact with outside agencies such as the Go Foundation, AIME Mentoring and the Moriarty Foundation. He was the pioneer of Waverley’s first Walgett Indigenous immersion and also introduced the ‘Let’s Talk’ program where he took a group of students on an immersion to Berowra, Lightning Ridge and Goodooga.
David is an outstanding educator, community member and authentic ambassador of the EREA Touchstones.