LEAD Awards for Excellence


The strategic direction for Catholic Education Western Australia is summed up in the acronym LEAD.

Learning, Engagement, Accountability and Discipleship

As we continue to apply LEAD principles across all levels of our system, we recognise excellence in Catholic schools through the LEAD Awards for Excellence.

We are looking for projects or initiatives that are leading transformative learning experiences for students, staff and community.


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What is the purpose of the LEAD Awards?

The LEAD Awards endeavour to:

  • Promote excellence in Catholic Education
  • Encourage school communities and individuals to reflect of their achievements
  • Share initiatives and best practice among school communities
  • Increase understanding and awareness of the achievements of Catholic schools in WA

In 2018 eight LEAD Awards of Excellence will be awarded, with a maximum of two awards conferred in each category (Learning, Engagement, Accountability and Discipleship).

Successful applicants will receive $4000 to be used to further support their project/initiative.

Any staff member in schools can make an application or be nominated (group nominations are also accepted).

What does my application need to include?

Define and describe a current project/initiative aligning with one of the four strategic direction areas: Learning, Engagement, Accountability or Discipleship.

Your response should clearly demonstrate:

  • The project or initiative objective
  • A summary of what the project/initiative involved
  • What outcomes the project/initiative delivered for students and your school, ensure to upload all evidence of the outcomes
  • A brief statement on the sustainability of the project

Applicants are encouraged to be creative with their submission.  The following types of presentations are encouraged.

  • Photographs
  • Videos (should not exceed more than 4 minutes)
  • Slides
  • Webinars

Please ensure to get support from two referees through the inclusion of a one-page statement of support for the project initiative from each referee.

The panel reserves the right to contact other referees if required.

Applications must be signed dated and submitted by 15 June 2018.

How are nominations assessed?

A judging panel comprising of Principals, other external assessors and CEWA representatives will be established to independently rate and assess applications according to the quality and clarity of:

  • The project/initiatives objectives
  • A summary of what the project/initiative involved
  • What outcomes the project/initiative delivered for students

Preference will be given to projects/initiatives that are current or have been undertaken recently, rather than historically.

The panel reserves the right to swap applications to different actions areas if appropriate.


Who is eligible to enter?

To nominate in the LEAD Awards for Excellence in 2018 you must:

  • Be a current member of staff in a Catholic school in Western Australia
  • Focus your application on one primary strategic direction: Leadership, Engagement, Accountability, Discipleship
  • Be currently involved in the initiative
  • Be supported by two referees
  • Agree to spend the award money to further the project/initiative or deliver Professional Development related to the project/initiative
  • Have demonstrated positive outcomes for student, staff, school and the community in Catholic Education
  • Demonstrate high levels of commitment and significant contribution to the school community

2017 LEAD Award recipients


  • Assumption Catholic Primary School - Making Space for Learning Program
  • Mercy College - Reading HEADS


  • St Anthony's School - STEM Story
  • Iona Presentation College - Hyperscience


  • Mercy College - CAVE - Your journey our Support?


  • Clontarf Aboriginal College - Religious Education Week 2017
  • Iona Presentation College - Presentation Faith in Action Project
  • St Patrick's Primary School - Christian Meditation Project

2017 Winners

LEAD Awards for Excellence 2017 Award Winners

The 2017 LEAD Awards for Excellence were presented by the Honourable Sue Ellery MLC, Minister for Education and Training, at the Catholic Schools Staff Breakfast held on 8 August.

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LEAD Awards of Merit – 2017 Winners

In addition to the eight LEAD Awards of Excellence, the panel of judges for this year’s Awards selected seven recipients for LEAD Awards for Merit…

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How do I apply?

Applications are currently open for the LEAD Awards for Excellence 2018 with submissions closing on Friday 15 June 2018.

Application Forms can be downloaded via the following link:

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