KANGAROO Flat Primary School has been recognised for its work supporting students of all abilities.
The school last week won the Outstanding Inclusive Education Award at the 2020 Victorian Education Excellence Awards.
Principal Kim Saddlier said the school was honoured.
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"We're pretty chuffed," she said. "I just feel this award is a testament to this school's improvement and journey to meet the needs of all students to ensure they have the education they deserve," she said.
"I love this school. This school has a real heartbeat."
Ms Saddlier said the Kangaroo Flat Primary School had a strong oral language program, with a speech pathologist on site to support all students, especially those in foundation to grade two.
There were also educators who worked directly with students and families in the English as an Additional Language program.
Ms Saddlier said the school received money as part of the accolade, which would go towards further professional development for staff.
"We will certainly be looking at how we can continue to meet the needs of our staff around their understanding of reasonable adjustments for students with additional needs," she said.
"That will be pretty amazing to utilise that money to build the capacity of our staff to be even better.
"You can always learn. We don't always get it right. What we do really well is work with external agencies to ask for support and get that feedback.
"We're really open to learning more and we keep setting the bar higher and higher."
Ms Saddlier said the school continued to provide inclusive education support during 2020, despite the constant shift between remote and on-site learning.
"We just felt there were no students that were going to go lost during COVID," she said. "We just had to work a bit harder and differently in order for that to happen.
"The learning curve was huge, but the results were outstanding."
Ms Saddlier said the whole school community should be proud of the recognition.
"Kangaroo Flat has such amazing staff, students, and families," she said. "It's one of those schools that get into your blood.
"You love it because there is always a vibrancy at our school. I just think this award is the icing on the cake.
"You work really hard to make a difference and it's nice to get an acknowledgement that what you're doing is the right thing."
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