Altona City Rotary eBulletin: 29 Oct. 18
President's Notes
Hi Everyone,

We held our Inaugural Vocational Teachers Awards on Monday night. Our guest speaker was Bernadette Schwerdt who gave a fabulous presentation on How to Build an Online Business. We also welcomed Angela Altair, Mayor of Hobson Bay who presented Vocational Awards to 4 impressive local teachers. Huge thanks to everyone involved – with special acknowledgement to Bryan who has been working tirelessly bringing his idea into fruition. Thanks also to Jan, and MC Charlie H.

Nomination forms are available with PE Ray to serve the club next Rotary year, in preparation for the AGM in a few weeks.

There is a Board meeting on Monday, please advise Bryan of any agenda items.

Yours in Rotary,

P Bronnie
Inaugural Rotary Teacher Awards Announced

Hobson’s Bay Mayor, Angela Altair, presented the Altona City Rotary Club’s inaugural Vocational Awards for Teaching Excellence at a special dinner held at the Kooringal Golf Club on 22 October. Another highlight of this special night was a terrific presentation by best-selling author, actress and online marketing specialist Bernadette Schwerdt. She spoke about how to build an effective online business.

Positive feedback was received from Mayor Angela Altair, Past District Governor Dr Murray Verso, and Guest Speaker Bernadette Schwerdt:
(Emeritus) Mayor, Angela Altair said: 

It was very rewarding to be involved in the Altona City Rotary Club’s inaugural Vocational Awards for Teaching Excellence.

What a great opportunity to shine a light on our hardworking teachers who bring so much passion and commitment to their work.

Teachers and principals play a pivotal role in young people’s lives, often becoming a source of inspiration.

Through the good work of our friends at Rotary, Hobsons Bay’s valuable school principals and teachers got the recognition they deserved.

Congratulations to Rotary on this great event and to everyone who received an award. On behalf of the city, thank you for your dedication.”

PDG Dr Murray Verso said:

"The teaching awards night was a great initiative by the Altona City Rotary Club. The outstanding work of our best teachers often goes unheralded. The dinner enabled the wider community to gain some insight into how four exceptional teachers were having positive impacts on the students in their schools. It was inspiring stuff.”

And Guest Speaker, Bernadette Schwerdt, told us:

"Altona City Rotary sure know how to put on an event. It was a privilege to be invited to speak to the club and to see the great work they do. It was great to see those incredible teachers get rewarded for the dedication they have to their students and to see how Rotary plays a part in helping them get recognised."

Congratulations to the four teachers honoured- Amy O'Dowd, Josephine Montalti, Sally Tonge, and Julie Mason, whose citations are summarized below.

Amy O'Dowd, Newport Lakes Primary School
Amy O’Dowd (Newport Lakes Primary School) was nominated by the parents of Class 10 because she is committed to building strong relationships with each child in her class, understanding their needs and tailoring learning to meet those individual needs. She is an astute communicator, building a strong rapport with families using an amazing weekly blog that keeps parents informed and helps them engage with their children.
Josephine Montalti (Laverton P-12 College)
Josephine Montalti (Laverton P-12 College) is a positive influence in the lives of so many students, and an outstanding leader and Acting Assistant Principal. She works with all staff to influence them positively towards the Schools goals each year. She seeks improvement for every student and staff member along with higher expectations for effort and performance.
Sally Tonge (Wembley Primary School)
Sally Tonge (Wembley Primary School) is an inspirational teacher who has supported students through our Response to Intervention Program. Through a laser like focus on learning, a collaborative culture, and a focus on data, she leads a differentiated program in Literacy and Numeracy for students from years Prep through to 6. As a result, students have achieved high learning growth across all learning areas.
Julie Mason (Principal) and Baden Powell College
Julie Mason (Principal) and Baden Powell College: Julie has received many accolades over more than 40 years’ service to education, including being awarded Victorian Primary Principal of the Year in 2005. Her school, Baden Powell College, was recognized for offering students the opportunity to join service clubs for students - an Earlyact Club for primary students and an Interact Club for secondary students.
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