Educators from across the Diamond Valley Area have been recognised for their commitment and dedication to public education.

State Members of Parliament, Danielle Green and Vicki Ward today hosted a special afternoon tea at Parliament House for local Department of Education and Training employees who have reached 40, 45 and 55 years of service in 2019.

Ms Green and Ms Ward congratulated the teachers and principals and thanked them for their service.
Among those staff recognised are:

  • Allan Robinson from Montmorency Secondary College – 50 years of service
  • Gary Richardson from Apollo Parkways Primary School – 45 years of service
  • Rob Rostolis from Diamond Creek East Primary School – 45 years of service
  • Rhonda Malone from Eltham High School – 45 years of service
  • Jacqueline Hamlet from Diamond Valley College – 40 years of service
  • Frances Jennings from Diamond Valley College – 40 years of service
  • Helen Micallef from Diamond Creek Primary School – 40 years of service

The Diamond Valley educators were recently among 408 recipients to be acknowledged by Minister for Education James Merlino at a Recognition of Service ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne.

The 408 teachers, principals, school administrative and department staff have devoted more than 17,000 years combined teaching. During this time, they’ve led progress in education and helped young people to thrive through learning, and by creating opportunities.

Locally Allan Robinson has recently overseen the $14 million redevelopment of Montmorency Secondary College and turned the school into one of the best performing in Melbourne’s North East.

A full list of recipients is available here: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/awards/Pages/service.aspx

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino
“Everyone remembers an inspiring teacher, educator or principal who inspired passions or offered support to reach their full potential.”

“These award recipients have dedicated their careers to public education, helping thousands of students and multiple generations of Victorians, over many decades.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green
“I wish to congratulate and thank all of our long-serving teachers, principals and school staff in the Diamond Valley, on behalf of the many young people whose lives have been touched by their years of hard work in schools in our region.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eltham Vicki Ward
“Allan, Gary and Rhonda are to be congratulated and thanked not just for their length of service and their dedication to education but also, and importantly, the thousands of lives of young people they have influenced and changed.”

Quotes attributable to Allan Robinson from Montmorency Secondary College
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my 50 years of service in government schools as a teacher and now as Principal of Montmorency Secondary College. I have always been excited about the prospect of working with students. After all this time, teaching the children of former students you have taught is also very rewarding and also a good endorsement of the families’ trust to place their children in your hands.”

“For teachers to stay in the system and work for a long time, you can pass on your knowledge and experience to the younger staff coming through. It’s really important to learn from the past, learn from the experience of others and it’s really critical that that advice, that support and that mentoring takes place.”

“The students never cease to amaze me and one of the most privileged things you can do is work with the youth of today who are the leaders of tomorrow and just to have that relationship with them is just so rewarding.”