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Our Excellence

GOAL College has a Dream Team of teachers, support and administration staff who work tirelessly to make school a fun, safe and inclusive place for our students to learn. This work allows our students to be the best versions of themselves, and to thrive in the final years of school and beyond.

We are so proud that the hard work and dedication of our staff, and our school has been recognised through numerous awards, publicity and acknowledgements. A selection of our outstanding achievements are below. 

SIMNA Awards - Innovation in Social Impact Measurement, 2023

We were so excited to be named runner up in the 2023 SIMNA Award for Innovation in Social Impact Measurement, and the first school ever to be named as a finalist for this prestigious award. Our work on the Measure What Matters survey and reporting suite was lauded by the judges as “a bold and innovative approach”, and is a core part of what makes us different to other schools. Read more about it here.

Teacher Magazine - Improving Health And Wellbeing Award, 2023

GOAL College’s Principal, Kate O’Donnell, was awarded the first ever Improving Health and Wellbeing Award as part of Teacher Magazine’s inaugural Teacher Awards. This award recognised that Kate and the school’s Dream Team of teachers, support and counselling staff put student wellbeing at the centre of everything they do. Check out the article to read a bit more about the work the team at GOAL does to support health and wellbeing.

Channel Ten Interview, 2023

Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to have a chance to chat to Channel 10 about our wonderful school and why the ATAR is not the end-all and be-all of secondary education. You can watch the interview with our Principal, Kate O’Donnell, here.

Channel 10 Interview with Kate O'Donnell | GOAL College Dream Team | NSW Secondary College

Daily Telegraph, 2023

We’ve been recognised in the media for how we do school differently, and in July 2023 the Daily Telegraph published an article about our non-ATAR approach to the HSC. Check out the article here to find out more about how we prioritise mental health and life-ready skills through our non-ATAR HSC.

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) NSW PDHPE School Award - 2022 

GOAL College was awarded ACHPER’S NSW PDHPE Award in 2022, an award that recognises high-quality health and physical education. Our Dream Team of teachers were nominated for this award for their dedication to delivering high quality and impactful education to our students.

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) NSW PDHPE Teacher Award - HIGHLY COMMENDED, 2021

Steve Paterson is one of our amazing teachers, and in 2021 he received a Highly Commended award in the ACHPER PDHPE Teacher Awards (Secondary Teacher Category). This award is a reflection of Steve’s commitment to his students and his role as an integral part of the GOAL College community. 

The Dr. Alan Laughlin Award, 2017

The Dr. Alan Laughlin Award for Leadership is awarded to outstanding educators who display quality leadership and/or positively contribute to improving the quality of teaching at their educational institution. In 2017, this award was presented to our Principal, Kate O’Donnell for the work she does at the school to promote leadership and quality teaching.