Awards and Grants

Recognising the leadership and achievements of our members

Awards 2021

Want to nominate yourself or a colleague for an Award or Grant but don't quite know where to start? Join the Awards & Grants Panel and Board Members, Gary Crocetta and Aaron Young for a Q & A Info session via Zoom.The session will be an opportunity to hear about the available Awards & Grants and ask the Panel any questions about the application process.

Thursday 10 June 2021, 2.30pm, Zoom
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WAPPA is committed to the successful development of quality teaching and learning for primary school students through the identification and cultivation of exemplary leadership.

The WAPPA Professional Achievement Grants provide funding to enable members to build their capacity to provide high level educational leadership resulting in a positive impact in the school. The Awards recognise the outstanding leadership and dedication amongst our members.

Applications and nominations close 4pm 28 June 2021.

2021 Awards

Aspirant Leadership Award

Prize: Valued up to $3,500

The award recognises Aspirant members who show innovation and leadership within their school, building their own capacity, along with the capacity of others.

Nominees must be:

  • A financial WAPPA Aspirant Member (as per item 9 (5) of the Constitution) for a period of 12 months at the time of nominating.
  • Working in primary education in a school setting at the time of the nomination closing date.
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Level Three Innovation Award

Prize: Valued up to $5,000

The WAPPA Level Three Innovation Award recognises a WAPPA Member in a “Substantive Level Three” Principal or Deputy Principal position, who has developed innovative ideas and practice to lead improvement and change. The successful nominee’s work will have produced positive outcomes for students and developed his/her capacity as an emerging leader of effective schools.

Nominees must be:

  • A current financial WAPPA Ordinary Member (as per item 9 (1)of the Constitution).
  • Applicants must have retained Ordinary Membership status continuously for a minimum of two years.
  • Hold a substantive Level Three-Principal or Deputy Principal position (primary) in a Western Australian Government School at the time of nomination.
Download Application

2021 Grants

WAPPA Professional Learning Grant

Prize: Valued up to $5,000

The WAPPA Professional Learning Grant provides the opportunity for an individual member to develop leadership skills through further professional study and/or engage in action research that enhances effective leadership in schools.

This Grant is intended to contribute to professional learning program and expenses such as resources, travel, registration and accommodation. The funding may also be used to cover the cost of providing relief to allow time for significant study or research to be undertaken.

Nominees must:

  • Be a financial WAPPA Ordinary Member (as per item 9 (1) of the Constitution).
  • Have retained Ordinary Membership status continuously for a minimum of three years.
Download Application

Leading From the Front Action Research Grant

Prize: Valued up to $10,000

In schools, action research refers to a wide variety of evaluative, investigative, and analytical research methods designed to diagnose problems or weaknesses—whether organisational, academic, or instructional—and help educators develop practical solutions to address them quickly and efficiently. Action research may also be applied to programs or educational techniques that are not necessarily experiencing any problems, but that educators simply want to learn more about and improve.

The purpose of the action research grant is to support the change, by applying an action research cycle, that includes planning a change, acting and observing the processes and consequences of the change, reflecting on the change and then replanning, acting and observing, reflecting and so on through several cycles, that leads to increasingly better results for schools, teachers, or programs through evidence based decision making.

The WAPPA Leading from the Front Action Research Grant is intended to provide funding for an action research project. This may be a project that has already commenced and requires funding to be completed or maybe a project which is yet to start. Project funding requests for up to $10,000 will be considered. The applicant(s) will demonstrate educational leadership, highlighting his/her work as a leader in the project, and the achievements of all participants.

This Grant provides members with opportunities to learn from colleagues through the sharing of the results of the winning initiative or projects action-based research. The funds must be utilised within twelve months of the grant being awarded. Joint/group applications will also be considered.

Nominees must be:

  • A current financial WAPPA Ordinary Member (as per item 9(1) of the Constitution).
  • Applicants must have retained Ordinary Membership status continuously for a minimum of three years.
  • Applicants must remain a WAPPA member for the duration of and execution of the awarded grant.
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Regional Leaders’ Professional Learning Grant

Prize: Valued up to $4,000

The WAPPA Regional Leaders’ Professional Learning Grant provides funding to enable a regionally based member to build their capacity to provide high-level educational leadership resulting in a positive impact on regional education. The grant recognises outstanding leadership and dedication amongst our regional members.

The grant intends to support members who wish to travel to develop their leadership capacity, knowledge and skills. Applications looking to contribute to the professional development of other WAPPA members in regional settings are highly desirable.

The grant is intended to broaden the opportunities for a member to attend a Professional Learning program and/or visit other schools/education systems to enhance professional development and knowledge within the profession.

Nominees must be:

  • Applicants must be working in a regional WA education setting at the time of the application closing.
  • Be a financial WAPPA Ordinary Member (as per item 9 (1) of the Constitution).
  • Have retained Ordinary Membership status continuously for a minimum of three years.
Download Application

Application Process

Applications are now open. Awards and grants will be offered at the discretion of the Awards Panel. Where no suitable applications are received, an award or grant may not be presented.

Award Agreements

All WAPPA Award and Grant recipients will be asked to sign an Award Agreement, outlining the commitments of both WAPPA and the recipient. If you are applying for, or being nominated for an award, please review the sample agreement to ensure you are familiar with the commitments. Please note however that each Award Agreement will vary slightly, based on the award category.

Download a sample Award Agreement

Award Overview

Applications Open:

Friday 23 April 2021

Applications Close:

Friday 28 June 2021 (4 pm)

Successful Applicants notified:

Friday 30 July 2021

Awards and Grant Ceremony:

Wednesday 11 August 2021

Prize:

Certificate and Pin will be awarded to all eligible applicants who meet the Professional Learner Criteria at each level.

WAPPA may select an outstanding Professional Learner of the Year from those applicants who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to applying their Professional Learning and developing self and others. (Value approx. $1,000)


Key Information

Audience

WAPPA Professional Learner Awards recognise WAPPA members’ commitment to life-long learning and a commitment to developing self and others. It acknowledges and celebrates the professional skills and evolution of the WAPPA member, distinguishing and setting them apart from those who simply “attend” training.

The criteria assess professional learning at four levels:

  • Associate Professional Learner
  • Advanced Professional Learner
  • Master Professional Learner
  • Fellow of the Association

Prize:

(Please note that this prize is not transferable or redeemable)

All eligible applicants in each level will receive

  • A framed certificate
  • A professional learner pin

All eligible Professional Learners will go into a draw where the winner will receive

  • WAPPA voucher for a WAPPA Professional Learning course or WAPPA Conference in 2022.

Eligibility

Nominees must be:

  • A financial WAPPA Member (as per item 9 of the Constitution) for a period defined in each level shown below.

Nomination Guidelines

Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  1. WAPPA Professional Learner Award application form.
  2. A log of Professional Learning undertaken in line with the criteria for the award level.
  3. Address the questions in the application form to showcase the impact/outcomes your professional learning has had on self or others.
  4. Include the name, position and contact details of at least one referee – who does not have to be a WAPPA member.
  5. Be submitted as a PDF document.
  6. Be received by by 4 pm on Friday 28 June 2021.

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria are at four levels:

  • Associate Professional Learner
    • Current WAPPA member for at least 3 consecutive years
    • 10 days or 65 hours of professional learning completed
    • Application of learning - self and school-based
  • Advanced Professional Learner
    • Current WAPPA member for at least 5 years (including 3 immediate past)
    • 30 days or 195 hours of professional learning completed
    • Application of learning – Region, network or school-based
  • Master Professional Learner
    • Current WAPPA member for at least 10 years. (including 5 immediate past)
    • 50 days or 325 hours of professional learning completed
    • Application of learning – Wider application such as inter-network/region, state, national or international
  • Fellow of the Association
    • Master Professional learner criteria attained
    • Application of learning – Provide exemplary Professional Learner leadership and dedication to WAPPA and the Profession
    • Recognition as a Fellow will be at the discretion of the WAPPA Board. Members are welcome to nominate other members to be considered

Please note: Professional Learning completed can include both WAPPA Programs and other external providers. Retrospective learning will be considered.


Selection Panel

Applications will be assessed by the selection panel, based on the membership and professional learning criteria for each level of recognition and the evidence provided by the applicant.

All completed professional learning will be considered (including that facilitated by WAPPA as well as other providers).

The applicant’s professional reputation must be aligned with the WAPPA Values: Excellence, Integrity, Respect, Empathy, Inclusivity and Inspiration. See the WAPPA website for full definitions.


Award Presentation and Acknowledgement

All recipients are encouraged to attend the Awards and Grants event at which, the winners will be announced. Nominees not in attendance will be notified of the result by email after the event.

The winner/s will be acknowledged in WAPPA publications.


Commitments

In negotiation with WAPPA, the award recipients are requested to:

  • Share their leadership story. This may be:
    • in a written testimonial
    • an article to be published by WAPPA in WORDs or other publication
    • a presentation at a WAPPA event, or an online audio-visual presentation
  • Allow, photos and other related materials to be used by WAPPA and if relevant, allow WAPPA’s award sponsor or partners the same permissions for their relevant publications and promotions.
  • Assist WAPPA in promoting the Professional Learner award in future years in the form of a testimonial.
  • If applicable, acquit all awarded monies/prizes by no later than 31 December 2022
  • As required, acquit and provide receipts for prize fund expenditure, within the notified deadlines (as determined).

Contacts

For further information contact Tara Smith Manager, Professional Learning
Tel: 6380 1755, Mob: 0409 116919 or Email: .

Download Application

WAPPA Service Award

Overview

The WAPPA Board requests candidate suggestions for the WAPPA Service Award 2021 to support considerations being made by the WAPPA Board against the outlined criteria. The candidate/s endorsed by the WAPPA Board for the WAPPA Service Award 2021 will be announced at the WAPPA AGM.

Key Information

Purpose

The WAPPA Service Award is for an individual, group or organisation who have made high level contributions to WAPPA and WAPPA members. The WAPPA Service Award is open to any WAPPA member or can be awarded to an individual (non member) group or organsiation who has made significant voluntary contribution to WAPPA.

WAPPA Service Award recipient will receive

  • Certificate. Framed certificate of acknowledgement.
  • Service Award Commemorative service award gift.
  • Awards & Grants Presentation Night. Free attendance for the nominated recipient and a guest.

Eligibility

The WAPPA Service Award is open to WAPPA members and non-members,

  • who have rendered valuable service excellence or significant contribution to the WAPPA and/or WAPPA members.
  • as an acknowledgment of the voluntary contribution of their time, expertise, initiative and dedication to furthering the objectives of WAPPA.

Guidelines

  • Recommendations are to be submitted by a financial WAPPA Member, using the WAPPA Service Award Form addressing the required criteria and;
    • May include other supporting documents and/or names of other referees if applicable.
    • Be received by by 4 pm on Friday 3 September 2021.
  • The WAPPA Board will carefully consider recommendations and will review evidence of the suitability of the candidate against the criteria for the WAPPA Service Award.
  • The final decision to award a WAPPA Service Award will rest with the WAPPA Board.
  • The WAPPA Board will not be required to give feedback on their decision.

Contacts

For further information contact Marni Hill, General Manager
Tel: 6380 1755 or Email:

Download Application

 


WAPPA Country Representative Award

Overview

The WAPPA Board requests candidate suggestions for the WAPPA Country Representative Award 2021 to support considerations being made by the WAPPA Board against the outlined criteria. The candidate who is selected for the WAPPA Country Representative Award 2021, will be announced at the WAPPA AGM.

Key Information

Purpose

The WAPPA Country Representative award is for an individual who has made high level contributions to WAPPA and WAPPA members as well as for education in Western Australia in a regional context. The Country Representative Award is open to any WAPPA member who has made significant voluntary contribution for WAPPA in country region or remote location.

WAPPA Country Representative Award recipient will receive

  • Certificate. Framed certificate of acknowledgement.
  • APPA Conference. Complimentary registration, travel & accommodation to attend the APPA conference in the following year.
  • Awards & Grants Presentation Night. Free attendance for the recipient and a guest.

Eligibility

  • The Country Representative Award is open to WAPPA Ordinary Members.
    • Who have rendered valuable service or significant contribution to WAPPA and/or WAPPA members in a country region or remote context.
    • Who have been a WAPPA member for the immediate past 5 years and be located in a country region or remote school for the immediate past 5 years.
  • Recommendations can be made by any financial WAPPA member to recommend a WAPPA Ordinary Member for consideration.
  • Recommendations are to be supported by their Chapter Chair or a serving WAPPA Board Member.

Guidelines

  • Recommendations are to be submitted using the WAPPA Country Representative Award nomination form addressing required criteria and;
    • May include any other supporting documents and/or names of other referees if applicable.
    • Be received by by 4 pm on Friday 3 September 2021.
  • The WAPPA Board will carefully consider recommendations and will review evidence of the suitability of the member against the criteria for the WAPPA Country Representative Award.
  • The final decision to award a WAPPA Country Representative Award will rest with the WAPPA Board.
  • The WAPPA Board will not be required to give feedback on their decision.

Contacts

For further information contact Marni Hill, General Manager
Tel: 6380 1755 or Email:

Download Application

 


WAPPA Life Membership

Overview

The WAPPA Board is responsible for electing a life member who has rendered long and valuable services to WAPPA and who are then confirmed to receive life membership at the AGM To support this process, the WAPPA Board invites candidate suggestions for WAPPA Life Membership to support considerations being made by the WAPPA Board against the outlined criteria. These can be made at any time.

Purpose

Life Membership is offered by the WAPPA Board to WAPPA members who have rendered long and valuable services to WAPPA. Life Membership recognises an individual who has made significant, high level contributions to WAPPA and WAPPA members as well as for education in Western Australia at state, national or international levels.

Constitution Part 9 (3) Life Membership states, membership is open to members who have:

  • Rendered long and valuable service to the Association and education; and
  • Been nominated for life membership in the manner prescribed by the Board from time to time;
  • Been elected as a life member by the Board.

WAPPA Life Members will be entitled to

  • Membership for Life. Exemption from the payment of the annual subscription fee. (Ordinary membership for active life members or Alumni membership for retired life members.)
  • WAPPA Conference. Complimentary attendance to WAPPA Conference each year.

Eligibility

  • WAPPA Life Membership is open to WAPPA members who have rendered long and valuable services to WAPPA and to education.
  • A WAPPA Board Member, Life Member or Ordinary Member, may recommend a fellow WAPPA Member for life membership consideration.
  • Recommendations are requested to be supported by the member’s Chapter Chair or a serving WAPPA Board Member.

Guidelines

  • Recommendations are to be submitted using the WAPPA Life Membership Form, addressing the required criteria and;
    • May include other supporting documents and/or the names of other referees if applicable.
    • Must be received by the WAPPA General Manager at
  • The WAPPA Board will carefully consider recommendations and review evidence of the suitability of the member against the criteria for WAPPA Life Membership.
  • The WAPPA Board will not be compelled to appoint anyone who does not meet the criteria.
  • The final decision to elect a life membership will rest with the WAPPA Board.
  • The WAPPA Board will not be required to give feedback on their decisions.
  • In accordance with the constitution, the WAPPA Board will review the life membership and selection criteria from time to time.

Contacts

For further information contact Marni Hill, General Manager
Tel: 6380 1755 or Email:

Download Application

 

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