The annual Catholic Education awards for the Cairns Diocese were established in 2002 to honour the memory of Tom Doolan, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Catholic Education.
The awards acknowledge and celebrate the exceptional commitment, achievement and contribution to Catholic Education by members of its community.
A new award category has been added to the Docemus Awards this year, sponsored by QIEC Super. The Early Career Teacher award recognises those teachers who demonstrate outstanding performance and instructional skills during the first three years of their teaching. Our schools have many talented and dedicated teachers who are new to their career and eligible to be recognised at a higher level with the introduction of this new award category.
Award recipients were celebrated during Catholic Education Week on July 29.
The 2016 Docemus Award recipients are:
|Leadership||Gavin Rick – St Joseph’s School, Parramatta Park|
|Secondary Teacher||Victor Zampogno – St Mary’s Catholic College, Woree|
|Primary Teacher||Alison Von Dietze – St Andrew’s Catholic College, Redlynch|
|School Officer||Charlie Agius – St Andrew’s Catholic College, Redlynch|
|Volunteer Supporter||Lynne Powell – St Joseph’s School, Parramatta Park|
|Lifelong Contribution||Sr Rovena Duffy – Sisters of Mercy, Earlville|
|Early Career Teacher||Janai Sugars – St Stephen’s Catholic College, Mareeba|
GAVIN RICK – St Joseph’s School, Parramatta Park
Gavin has been in leadership positions in local Catholic schools since 1993 – initially as an REC and APRE and over the last 6 years as Principal at St Rita’s School, Babinda and St Joseph’s School, Parramatta Park. His contribution has been significant and his commitment and growth are widely recognised and appreciated in the Catholic Education community.
CATEGORY: Secondary Teacher
Victor Zamrogno -St Mary’s Catholic College Woree.
Affectionately known as “The Mighty Mr Z”, Victor Zamprogno is a teacher who is a life-giving role model to all.
After 28 years, Victor Zamprogno’s passion and enthusiasm to teach is just as visible today as when he began his career in 1987. A man of strong personal faith, Victor is able to link his faith and experience to encourage students to take the time to understand the relevance of faith within their daily lives, both within and outside the school environment.
CATEGORY: Primary Teacher
ALISON VON DIETZE – St Andrew’s Catholic College, Redlynch
Alison is a woman who lives by Catholic Education’s theme of Opening Doors in the Year of Mercy, as she has opened doors for many students, teachers and members of the community. She builds and maintains genuine and professional relationships with her colleagues, is a well-respected and exceptional teacher, and excellent mentor to young students learning the second language of Japanese.
CATEGORY: School Officer
CHARLIE AGIUS – St Andrew’s Catholic College, Redlynch
Charlie is an amazing example of an individual that continually goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Charlie has a huge responsibility, being accountable for the grounds and maintenance issues across a large campus with hundreds of staff calling on Charlie to assist with any number of urgent matters. It is in this environment that Charlie’s level of commitment and dedication comes into its own.
CATEGORY: Volunteer Supporter
LYNNE POWELL – St Joseph’s School, Parramatta Park
Lynne Powell is a dedicated member of the parent community at St Joseph’s School Parramatta. She is a tireless worker who always has the interests and wellbeing of the students in the school in everything she undertakes. She epitomises what it is to be a faith filled parent with strong values and an amazing sense of community.
CATEGORY: Life Long Contribution
SR ROVENA DUFFY
Sister Rovena is one of Catholic Education’s longest serving educators, and without a doubt, one of its most loved. After entering into the Convent of Mercy in Herberton in 1962 at the age of 18, she has engaged in exceptionally life-giving relationships with students, colleagues and other members of the Catholic community for over 50 years.
CATEGORY: Early Career Teacher Award
JANAI SUGARS – St Stephen’s Catholic College, Mareeba
Janai Sugars has demonstrated excellence in all aspects of her work, as well as building life-giving relationships with students, colleagues and all members of the St Stephen’s community. In a very short time, she has made a significant contribution to the academic, cultural and spiritual life of the college. She has demonstrated a great passion for teaching and outstanding competence.