The MLTAWA Principal’s Award for Commitment and Support to the Languages Program in their School


The Modern Languages Teachers’ Association (MLTAWA) Inc. values the important role that principals play in advocating for Languages. This award acknowledges school leaders who have shown long-term commitment to their Languages program and promoted Languages within the wider school community. The award was initiated by former MLTAWA president Fulvia Valvasori, and was launched in November 2015. At the 2016 MLTAWA Biennial State Conference the inaugural MLTAWA Principal’s Award was presented to Timothy Bamber, Principal – Oberthur Primary School.

Languages teachers and other members of the community are encouraged to nominate a school principal who would be a worthy recipient of the award. The award consists of a certificate, a trophy and $400 to contribute towards the school’s Languages program. The name and merits of the winner will be published on the MLTAWA website.


Languages teachers are encouraged to nominate worthy principals. The invitation to nominate is also extended to all members of school staff and the wider community, including parents, students and members of affiliated organisations.

  • Previous nominees are eligible for renomination.
  • The nomination must address all selection criteria (listed below).
  • The nomination must be made by two nominating people, one of whom must be a current financial member of MLTAWA. Their current membership will allow access to the members section of the MLTAWA website where they can access the online nomination form.

Selection Criteria (to be completed by those nominating)

The recipient of the MLTAWA Principal’s Award must have shown that they:

  • support and promote Languages programs. This could be evidenced by, but not limited to, allocating time on task to allow for effective learning, seeking out and recruiting quality languages teachers rather than itinerants, providing adequate resources and space for language learning, and supporting the use of Languages assistants;
  • support initiatives to maximise student engagement. The principal is willing to be guided by Languages staff on ways to enrich their Languages program;
  • encourage and support professional learning opportunities for Languages staff;
  • support incoming and/or outgoing school trips and exchanges;
  • actively promote and highlight Languages activities in the school to students, staff and the wider community.

Nominations for the 2017 Principal’s Award have now closedThe winner will be announced on 6th September 2017.

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Selection Process

Stage 1

  1. Nominators complete an electronic nomination form by the due date. The main nominator must be a current financial member of the MLTAWA. The second nominator may be a non-MLTAWA member and be a member of the school staff or the wider community, including parents, students and members of affiliated organisations. At this stage principals may not be aware that they have been nominated.
  2. The MLTAWA Principal’s Award Selection Panel meets to select up to five shortlisted candidates who best meet the selection criteria. This panel includes at least two representatives of the MLTAWA Committee and a community member who has a connection to Languages education.
  3. The shortlisted nominees are informed of their nomination and are required to submit a statement addressing their personal beliefs and values in regard to Languages education, as well as a current photograph. This statement, in its entirety or in part, may be made public by the MLTAWA to further promote Languages education.

Stage 2

  1. The MLTAWA Principal’s Award Selection Panel meets for a second time to decide on the final winner.


The MLTAWA President will invite all shortlisted finalists, and their nominators, to be a guest of the MLTAWA, at the 2017 MLTAWA Awards event in September, where the winner will be announced. For more information, please contact Nadia Civa, MLTAWA President-elect, at [email protected]

Please consider nominating a worthy principal for this award to recognise their support and commitment to Languages education in Western Australia.

Members: Nominate a Principal now!