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Walk a day in our shoes

“Walk a day in our shoes” was the invitation Diane Robertson delivered to Murat Dizdar, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education. And that’s exactly what Murat did on July 4th. Murat and his team spent the day in and out of classrooms, spending time with our children, young people, volunteers, teaching staff and support staff. He enjoyed a lunch with some parents and Mark Anderson, Acting Director of Educational Leadership. Murat wanted to better understand our school, to understand our amazing learners and to hear, firsthand, the experiences and stories of both our families and staff. 

Thank you to those who were involved, for willingly sharing your stories and increasing our wider community’s understanding of our learners, their needs and your experiences- both parenting and teaching. Thank you to Murat and his team for their honesty and for increasing our understanding of the Department of Education Disability strategy.  

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Clarke Road School in the media:

School principal Diane Robertson sits at the head of the class

When Diane Robertson was announced as the School Principal of The Year 2018 in the inaugural Australian Education Awards, her school community cheered so loud they almost lifted the roof.

Robertson, principal of Clarke Road School in the Sydney suburb of Hornsby, is honoured to work for the NSW Department of Education. Clarke Road is a specialist school that provides educational programs for students with moderate to severe intellectual disability. The award was “wonderful” recognition of leadership in the field of special education acknowledged on the national stage.

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Australian Principal of the Year

Hosted by The Educator Australia, the Australian Education Awards recognise outstanding talent in the education sector across Australia.

The principal of Clarke Road School, Diane Robertson, was initially awarded Principal of The Year (Government), which placed her in the running for Australian Principal of the Year against winners in the Primary, Secondary, Government and Non-Government classifications.

She took out the overall title for her unmatched ability in the effective leadership and motivation of staff at Clarke Road School, her commitment to professional development and her unrivalled expertise in engaging with parents and the wider school community.

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Read the full list of winners here

Cathy Treay - Westfield Local Hero 2018

Michael Tozer talks about Fragile X on Studio 10

The Educator Issue 3.03, published September 7, 2017

Launch of 2017 Education Week - I Learn, We Learn

The video below shows Clarke Road School students, best friends and flatmates Lili, 18 and Sascha 16, who have blossomed in their beautiful Sunnyfield shared living home in Sydney’s Roseville.