Two Newfoundland principals receive awards

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Two Newfoundland school principals, Sheldon Barry of Holy Heart High School in St. John’s and Roger Gillingham of Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican, were presented with 2014 Canada’s Most Outstanding Principals awards Tuesday in Toronto.

The event is sponsored annually by The Learning Partnership, a national organization dedicated to strong public education systems.

 Education Minister Clyde Jackman said principals set the tone for schools, provide direction for staff and ensure students receive a quality education.

"Being named as two of this country’s outstanding principals is a testament to their leadership and administrative skills, dedication to school community, and a desire to make a difference. I congratulate Mr. Barry and Mr. Gillingham for receiving this honour, and I thank all the principals and teachers in this province for the great work they do each day,” Jackman said.

Principals are nominated for the awards by their peers, school staff and community members in each province and territory. Nominations are reviewed and final winners selected by a national selection committee of education, community and private sector leaders.

 Darrin Pike, CEO and director of education with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, said principals like Barry and Gillingham work "tirelessly towards our goal of student achievement, and help make student success a target we can reach. I congratulate them both on receiving such prestigious recognition as two of Canada’s Most Outstanding Principals for 2014.”

More information on The Learning Partnership can be found online at www.thelearningpartnership.ca.

Organizations: The Learning Partnership

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Canada

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