Posted on 19. Aug, 2010 in Clayton Update

A unique partnership with Monash University has helped make the John Monash Science School a regional winner in the inaugural Brumby Labor Government Victorian Science and Mathematics Education Excellence Awards.

Education Minister Bronwyn Pike today congratulated the school for winning a $10,000 award – which was presented at an awards ceremony at Melbourne Museum on Wednesday evening

Ms Pike said the state-of-the-art school was the first of its kind in Victoria to specialise in science, maths and technology studies and is underpinned by a unique partnership between the Brumby Labor Government and Monash University.

“The science and maths awards complement the Brumby Labor Government’s Energising Science and Mathematics Education in Victoria Strategy – which builds on Victoria’s investment in innovation, science, technology and education,” Ms Pike said.

“John Monash Science School is integrated into Monash University’s science, research and innovation precinct and the secondary students will have access to the university’s world-renowned resources.

“Students are already undertaking research projects in astrophysics and nanotechnology – and are being guided and mentored by the academic staff at Monash University.

“It’s no surprise that the school named its four houses after top Australian scientists Dr Fiona Wood, Dr Tim Flannery, Dr Peter Doherty and Dr Elisabeth Blackburn.”

Almost 200 Year 10 students started at the school this year – and it will eventually cater for up to 650 Year 10-12 students with a passion for science and maths.

Ms Pike said the new school would continue to push the boundaries of education in Victoria by focusing on the needs and skills of students.

“John Monash Science School is unique – and the Brumby Labor Government is committed to investing in new facilities that give our kids the best chance to thrive at school,” she said.

“Education is our top priority and through the $1.9 billion Victorian Schools Plan we are building a world-class education system that provides every child with the opportunity to shine.”

John Monash Science School principal Peter Corkill said the partnership with the university gave students the chance to interact with the best scientists in Australia.

“We want our students to ask the big questions and search for the hidden answers – this will inspire them to thrive in the areas they are passionate about,” he said.

The Victorian Science and Mathematics Education Excellence Awards showcase the outstanding innovation and practice of teachers and students in Victorian government schools and were presented as part of National Science Week.

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