Chaffey Secondary College music teacher Luke Peak is among the finalists of this year’s Victorian Education Excellence Awards.
Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the 28 finalists across nine award categories, congratulating them on their achievements contributing to education.
The awards recognise inspirational teachers, principals and support staff who get the best out of their students.
Whether by inspiring young minds, contributing to better classroom results or delivering new teaching strategies – the finalists are all positively shaping young lives.
Luke Peak is a finalist in the Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award category.
Mr Peak has transformed the school’s music program using the students’ passion for contemporary music and a learning tool.
He has developed a program that allows students to learn the songs they love, and treats them as musicians, no matter what their music ability or experience.
They rehearse, improvise and perform on a range of instruments in a social and collaborative setting.
Award categories include Outstanding Koorie Education, Outstanding Inclusive Education, Outstanding School Advancement, Outstanding Education Support Team, Outstanding Business Manager, Outstanding Primary Teacher, Outstanding Secondary Teacher, Outstanding Primary Principal and Outstanding Secondary Principal.
As the Andrews Labor Government makes Victoria the Education State, we want Victorians to be proud of the great government schools in their communities and the people who work in them.
Winners will be announced on 27 October at a ceremony at the Plaza Ballroom.
More information about the awards and finalists is available at www.education.vic.gov.au/veea
Quotes Attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp:
“Congratulations to Luke Peak who is up for the award of Outstanding Secondary Teacher
“All finalists deserve our praise and thanks for the crucial work they are doing to give Victorian kids a great education, including the great work being done in Mildura.”
Quotes attributable to Chaffey Secondary College teacher Luke Peak:
“I’ve seen a dramatic improvement in the desire of students to participate in music at Chaffey, and the confidence to perform in front of their peers.”
“I’m passionate about the transformational power that music can bring to young people, and excited to be able to harness this every day in my classroom.”