Australia Day Honours 2019

29 JANUARY 2019

Congratulations to our teachers who were awarded with Australia Day Honours. You are an inspiration for your leaders.

It is wonderful to see registered teachers being recognised by one of Australia’s most prestigious awards, and it shows how much the community recognises the importance of and respects those working in the education sector.

Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the General Division

  • Ms Margaret Akins for service to secondary education in Victoria.

    The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, Melbourne:
    Assistant Principal, 1994-2017. 
    Classroom Teacher, 1975-2017. 
    School Council Member, 32 years. 
    Held numerous other positions including Mathematics Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator, Year Level Coordinator, VCE Coordinator, and Social Service Director.

Public Service Medal (PSM)

  • Ms Jane Ellizabeth Hayward for outstanding public service to education in Victoria through the development of bushfire education projects.

    Ms Hayward's leadership supported young people and the broader community through the traumatic events of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, by establishing partnerships and providing services to support the health, wellbeing and education of the Strathewen community, that have continued 10 years on. Ms Hayward's commitment to those affected by natural disasters continues through her  development of a Bushfire Education Project for students at risk of bushfire across Australia. 

  • Mr Vernon Hilditch for outstanding public service to education and the support of families in the school community in Victoria.

    Mr Hilditch has dedicated over 45 years of service to education in Victoria. He has provided outstanding educational leadership focussing on finding solutions and alternative pathways for vulnerable young people in the regional area of Albury Wodonga. More broadly, Mr Hilditch has worked across other schools to establish a variety of community partners to mobilise necessary resources to create better outcomes for children and young people. His long commitment to the community of Victoria has been exceptional.   

  • Ms Jacqueline Mary Lowther for outstanding public service to education through the promotion of improved outcomes for students in special developmental schools in Victoria.

    Ms Lowther is an exemplar of inclusive practices and she has driven the implementation of outstanding curriculum development and pedagogical practice for the Springvale Park Special Developmental School. Her work has ensured that all students with special needs make marked and measurable progress. As a passionate advocate for specialist education, Ms Lowther has embedded inclusive practice locally and nationally within network schools, in the Differentiated Schools Support Initiative, and through support for mainstream schools in Victoria.