Partner School Testimonials

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School

When I mention the word STEM to anyone, they say “isn’t that the new buzzword in education”? And they are right. Buzzword – because it creates a buzz. A buzz in the classroom and a buzz in the staffroom and a buzz in the North Coast schools.

What does the buzz mean? I wrote to each project leader requesting that they coin a few words stating what the STEM Academy had done for their teaching, their students and their learning.


Dr Natali Marriott
Head of St Cuthbert House
STEM Academy North Coast 2016-17 Program


Canterbury Boys High School

Canterbury Boys High School

The STEM projects we have seen in the professional learning as well as the wonderful work presented today demonstrates that focus on developing student skill. And I can’t help thinking that as teachers when we engage in projects like the STEM Academy, we demonstrate our own creativity, collaboration, reflection, problem solving and flexible thinking; modeling for our students exactly what will be expected of them in their own work.

Belinda Conway
Deputy Principal
STEM Academy 2016-17 Program


Chester Hill High School

Chester Hill High School

Our main project: Pump4Life was about using STEM learning to increase students’ awareness of the world around them and their potential to have a positive impact on it. Our focus was to develop them as global citizens through innovative and impactful learning experiences.

Jackie Blue
Head Teacher Mathematics
STEM Academy South West Sydney 2017 Program


Kildare Catholic College

Kildare Catholic College

The ongoing support from the STEM Academy provided our school with feedback and ideas to explore in more detail. The growth in the learning of students and teachers was significant and had a positive impact enabling us to successfully address the 3 core elements identified. Kildare’s participation in the STEM Teacher Academy has been the foundation for the introduction of the iSTEM elective in Stage 5 in 2017.

Jennifer Holt
TAS Coordinator
STEM Teacher Academy graduate, class of 2016


Fairfield High School

Fairfield High School

The impact of this program was immediate. The resources and activities were shared within each of the STEM faculties and used to develop a range of learning activities that challenged and engaged students while developing their core STEM skills. The program allowed us the opportunity to plan and develop a number of cross-curricula projects, and build upon our successes and to ensure that the culture of excellence and innovation in the teaching of Mathematics, Science and Technology continues to grow.

Fairfield High School proudly endorses and highly recommends future schools’ involvement in the STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy.


Alison Galagher
Head Teacher Science
STEM Teacher Academy graduate, class of 2014-15


Ravenswood High School

Ravenswood High School

One of the most valuable aspects of these sessions was the time to play and plan, utilising the experience of Science teachers from all over NSW. It is very encouraging and exhilarating to work with such passionate educators. We went back powered-up, ready to change our program, test systems and ideas, prepare resources and have our colleagues join in our excitement to start in the new year.

Julianne Stanton
Science Teacher

The STEM Academy was the catalyst that transformed, inspired and challenged me to take our Ravenswood Year 7 Technology classes on a fun journey of exploring and learning.

Natalie Ford
Technology Teacher
STEM Teacher Academy graduates, class of 2014-15


Riverside Girls High School

Riverside Girls High School

The impact of the STEM Academy was immediate. In our classrooms, we witnessed enhanced student engagement, risk-taking in problem solving, enhanced scientific literacy, lesson time flying, students engaged in deeper discussions and higher levels of collaboration. There have been positive attitudinal shifts in students’ belief in their ability to success in Science and Maths and in selecting STEM-related subjects in Senior school and tertiary.

Riverside Girls High School proudly endorses, offers its full support to and highly recommends future schools’ involvement in the STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy.


Tracey Warzecha
Head Teacher Curriculum
STEM Teacher Academy graduate, class of 2014-15