Hume rewards the creative and passionate

The Honourable John Cain Achievement Award will recognise the outstanding work of one of Hume’s most creative and passionate teachers, as part of the 2015 Teachers’ Scholarships.

The award, in honour of Victoria’s 41st premier, is one of a number of prizes on offer to Hume’s best teachers, with this year’s scholarships valued at more than $25,000 in total.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, encouraged everyone to consider whether they knew an educator who could be honoured with a scholarship.

“We have some wonderful teachers at schools and educational institutions throughout Hume, and the Teachers’ Scholarships offer a way to reward them for innovation and dedication,” Cr Atmaca said.

“The scholarships present educators with funding so that they can research other learning models or undertake professional development activities which may assist their teaching in Hume.

“It’s an investment by Hume City Council that aims to further improve our local schools, TAFEs and teaching organisations, so that the residents of Hume continue to be afforded a top-class education.”

People can nominate a teacher for a $4000 scholarship under the following categories:

• Primary School/Early Years Educator
• Secondary School Teacher
• Open Category (for example, tutor, TAFE teacher or Neighbourhood House facilitator)
• Graduate Teacher
• Outstanding Team

Judges will also award a runners-up scholarship of $500 each to two people in every category.

Cr Atmaca said Hume City Council commenced its Teachers’ Scholarships 10 years ago and would this year provide a special highlight.

“The former Premier of Victoria, John Cain, will select a teacher who has won a category for an additional honour, being The Honourable John Cain Achievement Award,” he said.

“The Cain Government invested significantly in education throughout the 1980s, and Mr Cain has been a strong supporter of Hume’s Teachers’ Scholarships initiative.”

The winner of The Honourable John Cain Achievement Award will also receive an additional $1000 towards their scholarship.

Cr Atmaca said the Teachers’ Scholarships recognised the vital role played by educators in Hume.

“A really good teacher can change a life, and their power to make the world a better place cannot be underestimated,” he said.

“Teachers have that opportunity to inspire a student to take on a challenge or to encourage a person to question why something is the way it is.

“They can deliver a lesson which is remembered by a student for the rest of their life, or one that motivates a person to make a difference in the lives of others.

“The actions of a teacher today can positively affect people across many generations, and Council wants to support those educators who inspire our residents.”

Hume is committed to developing a learning community, and its Hume Multiversity initiative enables residents to study a range of university courses at Council’s Hume Global Learning Centres in Broadmeadows and Craigieburn.

Anyone can nominate a Hume-based teacher for a scholarship from Monday 20 July 2015 to Sunday 23 August 2015.

All nominees go into a draw to win an iPad mini 2, valued at $368. Application forms and terms and conditions are here.

Updated : 11:44 AM, 1 August 2016

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