The Association welcomed guests, Board Members and staff from Member Schools to the AISACT Annual Cocktail Event held at the National Portrait Gallery on Friday, 11th November 2016. The event provided attendees the opportunity to celebrate the work of the Association in 2016.
Guests included the new ACT Minister for Education and Early Childhood, Yvette Berry MLA, the new ACT opposition leader, Alistair Coe MLA, the new Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Andrew Wall, and key staff from the ACT Education Directorate and Catholic Education.
During the evening, departing Board Member of AISACT were farewelled. These included, Andrew Clayton, Principal of Trinity Christian School, Rachael Axford, Business Manager of Brindabella Christian College, Dee Whitby, Principal of Orana Steiner School, Susan Christiansen, Principal of the Islamic School of Canberra, and Deirdre Brown, Principal of the Galilee School.
Two other people who have made significant contributions to ACT education were recognised on the night. Moira Najdeki, who is soon to retire as Director of Catholic Education, and Diane Joseph, who recently retired as Director General of the Education Directorate.
Each year at this event the Carl Palmer Award for Leadership and Excellence in ACT Independent Education is awarded. This year’s recipient of the award is Richard Sidorko, Headmaster of Marist College Canberra. The citation for the award reads:
Rick has displayed outstanding wisdom and leadership over the last decade.
He has guided the school community through some very tough periods. His viewpoints and insights have been valued and sought after by other leaders in the sector.
Rick has introduced outstanding programs to develop and enrich the skills of teachers in the sector, and is a worthy recipient of this award.
The Association congratulates Richard on receiving the award and looks forward to next year’s event to celebrate the work and achievements of the Association.