St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School
Louise McGuire is a passionate educator and a masterful leader in her school community whose high aspirations inspire students and staff alike.
With a strong focus on achieving success for each and every student at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ Junior School, Louise is constantly searching for ways to stretch, challenge, and support all students, in order for them to reach their goals.
With almost 30 years of experience as an educator, she inspires and empowers the school’s entire teaching team by modelling best practice, and her colleagues comment that they are all better teachers after working beside her.
“Louise is an excellent leader who has ensured that St Aidan’s primary component is a nurturing and inclusive community where each child is supported, encouraged, and cared for,” Principal Karen Spiller said.
Louise is known and loved for her support of everyone in the school community: she lobbies for students of all abilities, she encourages her colleagues to embrace new directions in the classroom, and she develops strong, trusting relationships with parents and carers at the start of every year.
In her role as a Curriculum Leader, Louise familiarises herself with all aspects of the curriculum so she can embrace innovative teaching and learning practices in her classroom.
“Louise is a visionary who values and fosters a contributory culture and who has been integral in successfully innovating, improving, supporting, and overseeing the introduction of a multitude of first rate educational programs and initiatives all contributing to the continuous improvement of a 21st Century education,” parent Elizabeth Boden said.
The school’s NAPLAN results are a testament to the incredible work Louise has done with her colleagues; the Year 3 class has topped the state for three out of the last five years.
Louise works tirelessly to ensure her students are thriving not only in their academic development but also in their personal development.
She has developed a Year 6 leadership program where every single student holds a leadership position and is supported in their role throughout the year, allowing all students to access the enormous benefits that come with taking on new responsibilities.
With a deep understanding of how important physical activity is for students’ wellbeing, Louise models an active lifestyle and supports all aspects of school sport. Her ongoing encouragement in this area has resulted in the Junior School holding an impressive 100 per cent participation rate in inter-school sporting competitions.
Committed to fostering skills to nurture, prepare, and equip students to lead successful and productive lives within our ever-changing technological landscape, Louise has introduced countless 21st Century initiatives to the school, including Coding and Robotics, Kidpreneur, Earth Angels – Environmental Group, and STEMies Holiday programs.
Louise’s staff comment that she places trust in them that they have not found anywhere else. She provides ongoing mentoring and constantly encourages them to engage in professional development activities in an effort to promote excellence among the teaching team.
She has transformed St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School into a vibrant learning centred environment that encourages students to believe in themselves and strive for the high standards modelled to them each and every day by their teachers.
Congratulations Louise on your nomination.
By Claudia Farhart.