Jindalee State School principal, Michael Polities has been recognised for his leadership of learning during the past ten years as principal at Jindalee. Michael received the prestigious John Laing Award at the Principals’ Australia Institute Awards ceremony last Friday 8 November.
The John Laing Award is a national award and is presented by the Australian Principals’ Association to the principals in each state of Australia who have significantly contributed to the leadership of learning of their colleagues and schools in their state. Michael received the award for his work in the area of professional development of principals across Queensland through his presentation at national and state conferences, conducting training workshops and as a principal coach and coaching trainer. He has worked with over five hundred Queensland school leaders and he has received international praise for his leadership of learning in education.
The Queensland Association of State School Principals’ president, Hilary Backus, congratulated Michael on his award and said that he was truly deserving of the high recognition that this award bestowed. “I believe that Michael is a most worthy recipient of this award as his contribution to leadership in learning for the members of QASSP exemplifies everything that the John Laing Award was established for. I congratulate him on his outstanding contribution to school leadership.”
In receiving the award, Michael acknowledged the support of many people and the important role we all play in leading our schools. “These are the most exciting times in education and as educational leaders it is up to us to share our knowledge, experience and skills with each other. Our commitment to continue learning will allow us to become the best that we can be and with our staff, students and community we can create a better future together.