2018 Walter Neal Oration & Awards Evening

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

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ACE WA invites members and non-members to the annual Oration in honour of founding member Dr Walter Neal, who was an outstanding educator in Western Australia and Canada.

This year’s Oration will be delivered by Mr Colin Pettit. The WA College Medal will be presented to Valerie Gould for her outstanding services to education. The occasion will also recognise longstanding members in passing milestones with the College.

Ticket cost for the event includes wine and canapés.

This event is sponsored by NGS Super.

Image: Walter Neal (centre)

2018 Walter Neal Orator

Mr Colin Pettit

Colin Pettit has almost 40 years’ experience in working with children and young people in the education sector across Western Australia and Tasmania in teaching, administration and executive roles. In all of his education roles Colin has had a focus on improving the wellbeing of children and young people.

Colin was appointed Commissioner in November 2016 and has a statutory responsibility to monitor, protect and advocate for the wellbeing of the more than 585,000 children and young people under the age of 18 in Western Australia.

The title of Colin’s oration will be: What is in the best interests of children?

2018 WA Medallist

Ms Valerie Gould FACE

Valerie Gould became the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Schools of WA in July 2008. She has worked for many years in the Western Australian education system with her first four years teaching Economics and Mathematics. The following seven years were spent working in New York with Ernst and Young, and being greatly involved in the introduction of microcomputer applications into business. She returned to WA in 1986 as Director of Computing at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School for seven years.

During the early 1990s she worked with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (at the time the Secondary Education Authority and later the Curriculum Council) for four and a half years before joining AISWA as the Manager of Curriculum and Australian Government Targeted Programs. She has been with AISWA for more than 10 years and has worked closely with schools and other stakeholders in the areas of curriculum change, Curriculum Framework and Senior Secondary Education; and in meeting government regulations from a national and state perspective. Valerie has a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma of Education, and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leadership.

Valerie has served on the ACARA Board for four years commencing in 2015 and in 2017 Valerie was appointed to the Review of Educational Excellence for Australian Schools chaired by David Gonski.

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