Victoria’s outstanding teachers, principals and support staff in our local schools have been celebrated at the 2023 Victorian Education Excellence Awards (VEEA) – with Werribee Secondary College among the winners.

The VEEA inspires teachers, principals, business managers and support staff in Government schools to help students to achieve their best.

Congratulating the winners and finalists at The Plaza Ballroom in central Melbourne, Minister for Education Ben Carroll applauded the commitment and passion of teachers, leaders, and school staff across Victoria for their incredible work in helping make us the Education State.

Werribee Secondary College won the Dr Lawrie Shears Outstanding Global Teaching and Learning Award. Due to their work throughout 2022-23, the college engaged in extensive reflection, reassessing how to best create a learning environment that truly fosters global citizenship and intercultural learning.

With students from over 50 nationalities and international students from 11 different countries, the college initiates multiple global citizen-focused learning opportunities, they are renewing their intercultural and global priorities through the lessons and language of every classroom.

The Victorian Education Excellence Awards celebrate the inspirational teachers, principals, business managers, support staff working in Government schools to help students to achieve their best.

This year’s awards were held on the day that Australia celebrates World Teachers’ Day. The awards support the continued professional development of staff, with professional learning grants of up to $25,000 for the winner in each category.

For more information on the finalists and the winners, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Ben Carroll

“Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of this year’s Victorian Education Excellence Awards – you do Victoria proud, and your big ideas inspire students across the state.”

“These awards recognise the work that our amazing school workforce do to motivate and inspire students to pursue their dreams and passions and are a key part of what makes us the Education State.”

Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“Teachers, leaders and school staff in Werribee do tremendous work in setting local students up to thrive in their education and life – and these awards recognise and praise these educators for their outstanding contributions.”


Victorian Education Excellence Awards Winners 2023:

Lindsay Thompson Excellence in Education: Balwyn High School

Individual Awards:

Outstanding Primary Principal: Clare Monk, Warrnambool West Primary School

Colin Simpson Outstanding Secondary Principal: Kimberley Tempest, Cobram Secondary College

Outstanding Primary Teacher: Ruth Chambers, Wonthaggi Primary School

Outstanding Secondary Teacher: Elizabeth Ferguson, Pascoe Vale Girls College

Outstanding Early Career Primary Teacher: Kendall Heycox, Corryong College

Outstanding Early Career Secondary Teacher: Alice Hu, Elevation Secondary College

Outstanding Physical Education and Activity Teacher: Paul Baks, Belle Vue Park Primary School

Outstanding Business Manager: Sharon Veale, Warringa Park School

Team Award Winners:

Outstanding School Improvement: Wangaratta West Primary School

Outstanding Education Support Team: Mooroopna Park Primary School

Outstanding Inclusive Education Team: Bentleigh West Primary School

Outstanding Koorie Education Team: Swan Hill Specialist School

Outstanding Provision for High-Ability Students (Primary): Daylesford Primary School

Outstanding Provision for High-Ability Students (Secondary): Balwyn High School

Dr Lawrie Shears Outstanding Global Teaching and Learning: Werribee Secondary College