Excellence in Geography and Teaching Learning Award

2016 Award Winner -Miriam Marshall


The Board is pleased to announce that Miriam Marshall from Lincoln High School is the 2016 recipient of the ‘Excellence in Geography Teaching and Learning Award’.

The selection panel were duly impressed and noted that Miriam’s unit on Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu is based around Teaching as Inquiry using a Solo Taxonomy pedagogy approach. Resources were initially collected on a UNICEF and Morgan Foundation award to go to Vanuatu three months after the cyclone hit. The content is strong, it caters for differentiation, student centred learning and is comprehensive in nature. The unit provides a novel approach for teachers not familiar with a Solo Taxonomy activities.

Miriam’s application, including a unit outline, examples of Solo Taxonomy activities and student responses can be downloaded here.


2015 Award Winner -Sarah Cantlon


The Board is pleased to announce that Sarah Cantlon from Hamilton Girl's High School is the inaugural recipient of the "Excellence in Geography Teaching and Learning Award".


The selection panel were impressed by Sarah's passion and commitment to her students which was evident from both her application and the student voice contained within her report which can be viewed by clicking here. Sarah's approaches included identifying priority learners early, providing mentoring to these students, using student voice to inform her practice and providing a range of engaging activities all of which have helped Sarah's students to enjoy a high level of success!


Every second Friday, Sarah runs a "Fun Friday" with a focus on revision of topics taught. Students are given a range of activities to select from and these are outlined in more detail in the report.


Sarah receives $500 in recognition of her Excellence in the classroom. We know there are many more Geography teachers like Sarah out there and we would like to encourage you to consider applying for this award when it is offered again next year in 2015!