Wiripaang Public School (NSW)
Penelope McGee is an ‘intelligent, insightful, collegial, caring young educator who strives for equity and quality in NSW public schools every day’. McGee had a difficult challenge on her hands when called on to help amalgamate two complex schools into Wiripaang Public School, but is said to have shown outstanding leadership while acting as a ‘collegial and decisive change agent’. With a need to rebuild the school from the ground up, McGee has been instrumental in putting in place the systems and structures required, including encouraging quality, effectiveness and purpose in newly built policies and procedures, such as the school’s early learning and performance development frameworks, and designing effective, choice-driven teacher professional learning. As a leader of Early Action for Success at the school, she has engineered a powerful shift in literacy and numeracy results in K-2.