WINNERS: Larissa Greenhalgh and Peter Tonkin celebrate their award win from the National Numeracy and Literacy Week.
WINNERS: Larissa Greenhalgh and Peter Tonkin celebrate their award win from the National Numeracy and Literacy Week.

Surprise awards for teachers

TWO St Mary's Primary School teachers were recognised for their commitment to reading, writing and mathematics skills during National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW).

The teachers won prize packs for their classrooms.

Larissa Greenhalgh, a Year 2 teacher , who won a Penguin book pack, said she only found out about winning while listening to the radio.

"I didn't know until I heard it on the radio, saying I was a kid," Ms Greenhalgh said.

She said the newsreader incorrectly announced Member for Page Kevin Hogan congratulated a primary school student and used her name.

"It was still pretty exciting. I'm the leader of curriculum and I enter every year, but this year we were lucky enough to get two."

Year 5-6 teacher Peter Tonkin won a Macquarie Dictionary pack.

He said he was excited to win the prize pack and it would be very useful in the classroom.

Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the awards were well deserved.

"This is a well-deserved award and I congratulate Larissa on her winning entry," Mr Hogan said.

He said NLNW advanced teacher quality, school autonomy, parental engagement and strengthened the curriculum.

Minister for Education Christopher Pyne said the enthusiasm shown by school communities towards this year's activities made the week a great success.

"Literacy and numeracy are worth celebrating as they form the foundations of what makes up a great education," Mr Pyne said.

NLNW ran from August 25-31.



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