The Flexible Learning Centre, which has campuses in Benalla, Shepparton, Seymour and Wodonga, has been named a finalist for the Victorian Education Excellence Awards 2017.
Its nomination is for the Specialist Education Award, which will be presented at a ceremony on October 27 at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne.
The Flexible Learning Centre was nominated for its work in education and supporting innovation in student engagement and academics.
Benalla Campus acting leading teacher and wellbeing and literacy coordinator Brad Hearn said it was a great honour to be nominated.
‘‘It’s a privilege to be named a finalist in a category that means so much in the current educational environment,’’ Mr Hearn said.
‘‘For us to be nominated we had to show exemplary teaching and learning practices as well as exemplary wellbeing structures that provide diversity for students and meets their curriculum, social and emotional development needs.’’
The Flexible Learning Centre has served North East Victoria for more than five years and the Benalla Campus has been open for three.
Mr Hearn said having the Flexible Learning Centre in Benalla provided local students with an option for quality education that met academic standards in a facility that suited their needs.
‘‘To have it here in Benalla helps us overcome barriers that our town faces, not only being a rural town, but one that suffers from significant social and economic disadvantage,’’ Mr Hearn said.
‘‘It helps Benalla’s young people enter the workforce and be productive members of the wider community and to give back to a country town that has provided opportunities for them.
‘‘It’s also important to have the centre in Benalla for our surrounding communities, so that all students have access to education while actively seeking employment and tertiary education options.’’
Mr Hearn said the Flexible Learning Centre was hoping it would bring the award home.
‘‘We’re very hopeful, but we’re up against the best in Victoria,’’ Mr Hearn said.
‘‘Even if we don’t win it’s a great honour for a town like Benalla to have the centre recognised as one of the best in the state.’’
All award finalists are in the running to win up to $220000 worth of professional development prizes.
The Victorian Education Excellence Awards have highlighted exemplary government school education and innovation in Victoria for the past 15 years.
The awards demonstrate what success in public education looks like and gives the community an insight into what Victorian schools do every day to make a difference to children and their communities.
A dedicated, independent panel comprised of educational leaders and thinkers are overseeing the judging process.
Category winners will join a prestigious roll of honour and become ambassadors for future years awards.
These awards celebrate what makes Victorian public education great, and the positive impact it has on our young people.