Wavell State High School Teacher Wins Excellence in Teaching Award

Brett Dascombe from Wavell State High School bested other state nominees and received the QUT Showcase Award of Excellence in Teaching, during a Principals’ Conference Gala Dinner which saw South East Queensland win a majority of the awards categories.



 Wavell State High School Teacher Wins Excellence in Teaching Award
Photo credit: Twitter / Wavell SHS

Aside from winning the QUT Showcase Award of Excellence in Teaching for 2022, Mr Dascombe also won an innovation in teaching award at the Schoolzine Merline Muldoon Awards in 2021 for his use of geospatial technology in his classroom, something that he started in 2001 to enhance the teaching and learning experience of students.

Mr Dascombe is one of Queensland’s first teachers to include geospatial mapping in his teaching assessment, combining it with drone flying to help students create university-level assignments that tackle environmental and social issues.

He is currently a Senior Experienced Teacher at Wavell State High School.

South East Queensland was strongly represented at the 2022 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools where individual educators, schools and school clusters from the region won seven out of ten award categories.

Another individual award went to Mango Hill State School Principal Tracy Egan who was named Griffith University Jack Pizzey Awardee for Excellence in School Leadership.

Tracy Egan, Mango Hill SS - Griffith University Jack Pizzey Award for Excellence in School Leadership  |
Tracy Egan, Mango Hill SS – Griffith University Jack Pizzey Award for Excellence in School Leadership  | Photo credit: Queensland Government / statements.qld.gov.au

Moreover, the Pine Rivers South Primary Cluster – Bray Park, Strathpine, Strathpine West and Lawnton State Schools – bagged the RemServ Showcase Award for Excellence in Parent and Community Engagement. 

Pine Rivers South Primary cluster - RemServ Showcase Award for Excellence in Parent and Community Engagement
Pine Rivers South Primary cluster – RemServ Showcase Award for Excellence in Parent and Community Engagement | Photo credit: Queensland Government / statements.qld.gov.au

The North Coast Cluster, comprising Moreton Downs State School, Burpengary State School, Caboolture East State School, Elimbah State School, Jinibara State School, Mango Hill State School and Narangba Valley State School, on the other hand, took home the Network 10 Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early and Primary Years for their “Critical friends network” entry.

North Coast cluster - Network 10 Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early & Primary Years
North Coast cluster – Network 10 Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early & Primary Years | Photo credit: Queensland Government / statements.qld.gov.au

Likewise, the Whites Hill State College Cluster, which includes Indooroopilly State High School, Kelvin Grove State College, Sunnybank State High School, Coolum State High School, Mount Gravatt State High School, Centenary Heights State High School, North Lakes State College and Springfield Central State High School, is the year’s The Education Queensland International Showcase Award for Excellence in Global Engagement thanks to their “Blended/hybrid virtual high school preparation”.

Whites Hill State College cluster - Education Qld International Showcase Award for Excellence in Global Engagement
Whites Hill State College cluster – Education Qld International Showcase Award for Excellence in Global Engagement | Photo credit: Queensland Government / statements.qld.gov.au

Meanwhile, Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre’s entry “Building cultural understanding and capabilities on Quandamooka Country” won them the QTU Showcase Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education. 

Moreton Bay EEC - QTU Showcase Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education |
Moreton Bay EEC – QTU Showcase Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education | Photo credit: Queensland Government / statements.qld.gov.au

Lastly, Lawnton State School shared honours with Western Cape College for the Bevan Brennan ‘Every Child Needs a Champion’ Award with their “We grow leaders” submission. 

Lawnton SS - Bevan Brennan 'Every Child Needs a Champion' Award |
Lawnton SS – Bevan Brennan ‘Every Child Needs a Champion’ Award | Photo credit: Queensland Government / statements.qld.gov.au

“The Showcase Awards allow us to recognise and celebrate the great work our educators are doing every day to ensure that students in Queensland state schools are getting a world-class education,” Education Minister Grace Grace said.

“That there were so many high-quality entries to this year’s awards shows the hard work, dedication and expertise of Queensland school staff.



The 10 award category winners are:

  • The Network 10 Showcase Award for Excellence in the Early and Primary Years
    • North Coast Cluster (Moreton Downs State School, Burpengary State School, Caboolture East State School, Elimbah State School, Jinibara State School, Mango Hill State School and Narangba Valley State School), Critical friends network
  • The QSuper Showcase Award for Excellence in the Secondary Years
    • Urangan State High School, CAPIP – time for the right work
  • The TUH Health Fund Showcase Award for Excellence in Inclusive Education
    • Tinana State School, Everyone’s welcome in the room – whatever it takes
  • The RemServ Showcase Award for Excellence in Parent and Community Engagement
    • Pine Rivers South Primary Cluster (Lawnton State School, Bray Park State School, Strathpine State School and Strathpine West State School), Engagement and attendance matters – The more you go the more you know
  • The Showcase Award for Excellence in Global Engagement
    • Whites Hill State College Cluster (Indooroopilly State High School, Kelvin Grove State College, Sunnybank State High School, Coolum State High School, Mount Gravatt State High School, Centenary Heights State High School, North Lakes State College and Springfield Central State High School), Blended/hybrid virtual high school preparation
  • The Queensland Teachers’ Union Showcase Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
    • Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre, Building cultural understanding and capabilities on Quandamooka Country
  • The Showcase Award for Excellence in Rural and Remote Education
    • Happy Valley State School, Leading from the classroom: a model of distributive leadership
  • The QUT Showcase Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Brett Dascombe, Wavell State High School
  • The Griffith University Jack Pizzey Award for Excellence in School Leadership
    • Tracy Egan, Mango Hill State School
  • The Bevan Brennan Every Child Needs a Champion Award
    • Lawnton State School, We grow leaders

The 2022 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools saw 86 submissions representing 220 state schools vying. Each state award group category winner will receive $10,000 development grants with two individuals to each receive a $5,000 development grant.

“Educators have benefitted from a total of $166,000 in grant support from this year’s Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools, including regional winners who received $1,000 each and regional commendations receiving $500 each,” Ms Grace said.

The event was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 11th of October 2022.

Wavell State High School Nominated for 3 Awards At 2022 Australian Education Awards

Did you know that Wavell State High School has been named as a finalist in three categories at the 2022 Australian Education Awards?


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The school’s Geography and Geospatial program has been nominated for the Best STEM Program award and the Innovation in Curriculum Design category.

“The Humanities Department and students at Wavell State High School, supported by the Executive Principal Elizabeth Foster, have worked hard to ensure that technology is embedded meaningfully and productively into the curriculum. This means our students are exceeding assessment outcomes while also developing desirable industry skills and post-schooling pathway opportunities,” the school’ page wrote in a post on Facebook.

Photo credit: Wavell State High School/Facebook

For the individual awards, Mr Brett Dascombe has been nominated for the Secondary School Teacher of the Year for a government school.

“We congratulate Mr Brett Dascombe and our Humanities team for being recognised as excellence awardees, this places Wavell amongst the country’s top performing schools in these award areas,” Wavell State High School posted.

This award recognises the most outstanding government secondary school teacher in an Australian school. When judging this category the following criteria will be considered: 

  • Consistently high standards of teaching
  • Innovation in developing students and supporting their learning
  • Commitment to professional development and collaboration with colleagues to address student learning needs
  • Engagement with parents and the wider school community
Photo credit: Wavell State High School/Facebook

Now in its fifth year, The Australian Education Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the country’s top performing schools, principals, department heads and teachers.

The winners will be announced at the official awards evening to be held in Darling Island, Sydney on Friday 12 August 2022.