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Inspiring science teacher from Stirling recognised


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

Minister for Education Dan Tehan has praised a teacher from Stirling, who last night was awarded Australia’s highest science teaching honour.

Mrs Sarah Finney of Stirling East Primary School won the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools at the 20th annual Prime Minister’s Prize for Science awards.

Mr Tehan acknowledged Mrs Finney’s significant contribution to Stirling East Primary School.

"Mrs Finney manages the school’s lunchtime STEM club and National Science Week activities. She also guides teaching staff through the learning opportunities available to their students," Mr Tehan said.

"Teachers can make the biggest difference in a child’s education so it’s wonderful that students at Stirling East Primary School are being taught by Australia’s top science teacher.

"I congratulate Mrs Finney for the award and thank her for her passion for science that is inspiring our next generation of scientists, engineers and teachers.

"Our Government understands the importance of STEM to Australia’s future success.

"We need to encourage more students to study science and that’s what Mrs Finney is doing through her passion for the job."

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