24 September 2012
The principal of James Nash State High School in Gympie will soon become an Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Darrin Edwards will be recognised at USC’s Graduation ceremony on Friday 5 October for his dedication to providing educational opportunities for Gympie region residents.
Mr Edwards has played a key role in the success of a Middle School Excellence Program in Gympie, which was developed jointly by the Cooloola Learning and Innovation Initiative and the University in 2006.
The program, run at James Nash High School’s ICT Hub, enables high-achieving students in Years 6-9 from across the region to participate in extra learning activities in creative writing, mathematics and science.
USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said Mr Edwards had been involved with USC for almost a decade and his work had enhanced the Gympie region’s access and exposure to post-secondary learning options.
“The Middle School Excellence Program has provided an important link between USC and the schools in the region,” he said.
“Mr Edwards has also helped develop the relationship between USC and Gympie, which recently resulted in USC gaining funding to build a Learning Hub on the TAFE campus at Gympie.”
Mr Edwards said he felt honoured to be receiving this recognition from USC.
“The partnership established with the University over the past eight years has been rewarding — professionally and personally,” he said.
“I have been motivated towards ensuring that local Gympie families get the best possible educational opportunities without having to leave our wonderful region.
“I would like to acknowledge the visionary leadership of the University of the Sunshine Coast for their initial, and now expanding, presence in our local community.”
Mr Edwards earlier this year received an Australia Day Achievement Award for his contribution to the Department of Education and Training and to the wider community.
— Michelle Widdicombe