THE Hamilton and Alexandra College head of drama, Edwina Smith, has received an honourable mention for the Regional Teachers Award at the Drama Victoria Awards.
After being nominated by the school, Ms Smith said she was stunned when her name was read out at the state conference.
“It was lovely to be recognised amongst your peers and drama colleagues,” she said.
Ms Smith has been at the school for four years and in that time she has established the drama department and introduced VCE drama in 2013.
“We went in three years from no curriculum drama to now year seven to year 12,” she said.
“This is a really lovely surprise; it’s wonderful to be in a school that supports performing arts … our kids love being entertained and seeing friends on stage.”
Ms Smith said it was great having a regional award as it was hard to compete with cities and schools that had huge resources and money.
The recipient of the award must be an excellent role model, demonstrate outstanding and innovative work within their educational setting, initiate and engage with both local and state-wide drama teacher networks, build partnerships with the local community, effectively use resources available and be innovative and passionate about their job.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, December 12, 2013