The inaugural Performance Excellence Award winners were announced at an employee recognition event held at Adelaide Oval on Monday, 11 July 2016.
The Performance Excellence Awards recognise outstanding employees or teams who have demonstrated excellence associated with one or more of the following values; professionalism, service, collaboration and engagement, sustainability, courage and tenacity, trust, respect, honesty and integrity, or safety excellence.
Anne Stewart, who has been the Business Manager at Banksia Park International High School for the past 24 years and was President of the SA State Schools Administrative Officers Association (SASSAOA) for 7 years, was recognised for collaboration and engagement.
Executive Director, People and Culture, Sam Bradley said Anne has been a trailblazer for school administrative officers and ancillary staff, ensuring they are better recognised, supported and trained in their roles.
“For decades Anne has represented school administrative officers at both a state and national level,” Sam said.
“She has built relationships with key stakeholders, including the Premier and Minister for Education, successfully negotiated a salary for the SASSAOA president position, and led the way in creating professional development opportunities for administrative employees.
“She has represented school administrative officers and ancillary staff on a number of levels, which has led to the development of well-informed policies and procedures.
“Anne has shown herself to be a hardworking, dedicated employee who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to collaborate and engage with her colleagues to ensure better outcomes for administrative officers.
“It’s with great pleasure that we can recognise Anne’s achievements through the Performance Excellence Awards.”
The Country Management Support team (CMST) in Families SA has also been recognised for their service to vulnerable children and young people from the country who have moved to metropolitan Adelaide.
Sam said since the Country Management Support team was formed in December 2011, they have had a hugely positive impact on the children they have supported.
“The team has enthusiastically supported children and young people in care environments to successfully transition to living in metropolitan Adelaide,” she said.
“While it’s only a small team of about 5 people, they have worked collaboratively to carry out their case management support tasks in an extremely professional manner.
“Other significant achievements include maintaining and strengthening the cultural connections of children and young people in their care, building their resilience, hope and optimism and supporting them to connect with services relevant to their needs.
“This team has provided excellent service to the families and children they have supported and because of this they are very worthy of receiving a Performance Excellence Award.
“I want to congratulate both Anne and the CMST for their ongoing dedication to improve the outcomes of children, young people and staff that they work with.”