June 10, 2021
Fran Waterman is the principal of Yarrunga Primary School in Wangaratta and I’m very proud that she has is one of eight excellence awardees in the Australian Education Awards 2021.
Fran is an exceptionally positive and energetic leader who brings the best out of her team and students.
I had the pleasure of working alongside Fran in my former role as a youth worker and saw first-hand the incredible impact she had on her students, many of whom are vulnerable and at-risk.
Fran is well-known for her innovative and inclusive approaches to education. She uses data to inform her practice, empowers her team and students, and her methods get strong results.
Programs like pet-therapy have helped reduce school absenteeism and projects like billy-cart building provide play-based learning.
The Australian government schools principals of the year award will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney in August and I hope Fran will be able to attend.
Whatever the outcome, Fran is a winner in our eyes and our education system is richer as a result of her excellent leadership.
Congratulations and thank you, Fran Waterman.
IMAGE: Fran Waterman with Yarrunga Primary School students Jordan Woodrow (7) and Bella Hines (8). Photograph credit: Wangaratta Chronicle / Kieran Tilly