Supporting the independent education community

Education excellence recognised in the 2019 NGS Super Scholarship Awards

This year’s winning applications will see six recipients embark on a range of professional development courses focused on enriching student wellbeing, upskilling in vital areas of learning, innovating student workspaces and forging connections with overseas schools.


The awards, now in their ninth year, recognise the staff of non-government schools who are actively working on their career development, while also contributing to their direct communities and the wider education sector.  


Six scholarships to the value of $5000 each are awarded annually to NGS Super members to help them commence a professional development course, project or initiative of their choice.


Since the NGS Scholarship Awards were established, the fund has given over $250,000 to members in the education sector. Each year the fund receives over 100 applications, with winners determined by the Fund’s panel of judges made up of board members and staff.


Laura Wright, Chief Executive Officer of NGS Super, congratulated all those who applied for the awards, and gave thanks for their efforts in bettering the sector.


“With World Teachers’ Day fast approaching, we’d like to take the time to celebrate all those in the education sector and recognise their tireless efforts to shape and grow the next generation of leaders.


 “We know that teachers are incredibly hard-working and we are so proud to be able to support them achieve their dreams in any capacity.”


The six winners of NGS Super’s $5,000 scholarships are:


  • Murray Cronin, Teacher, Scoresby Secondary College (NSW)
  • Adem Aydogan, Teacher, Amity College (NSW)
  • Vicky Jones, Teacher, Kings Baptist Grammar School (SA)
  • Andrew McMillan, Teacher, Frensham (NSW)
  • Carla Gagliano, Teacher, Masada College (NSW)

The Judges’ Choice award winner is:


  • Yvonne Terweeme, Management, Bethany Catholic Primary School (NSW)


The Judges’ Choice award winner, Yvonne Terweeme, said it was a dream come true to win the scholarship.

“Instilling High-Expectations Relationships will be vital to improving educational outcomes for school children, particularly for indigenous students.


“The Stronger Smarter Leadership course will equip me with valuable tools that I can pass on to my students as well as my colleagues and the wider community to ensure that everyone is able to get involved, unlock their confidence and work towards being their best selves..

“I’m really excited to share my learnings with our community and have already connected with indigenous education unit Jarara.”


Ms Terweeme will use her award winnings to undertake the Stronger Smarter Leadership Program, where she will increase her leadership capabilities and work towards her goal of incorporating Indigenous language into the programs and culture of her school.


“Every year, we are impressed by the calibre of applications we receive, and this year is no exception. From global citizenship programs to STEM skills development, to say we are excited about what this year’s winners have planned is an understatement.”


“The Scholarship Awards are a way that we can give back to our members and say thanks to all the teachers and management staff that consistently go above and beyond to make a difference”, Ms Wright concluded.