Stella Jinman, Principal Cecil Andrews College Armadale, initiated the first School in the State to trial the P-TECH Pilot program and attained $5m in state funding to build a state of the art purpose built STEM Centre at Cecil Andrews College.
The STEM Centre was designed with flexible interactive spaces able to transform and accommodate space for emergent technologies, including artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality. Drones, robotics, cyber safety and bio chemical projects – it’s about inviting kids into education and making it so appealing they cannot resist it. In 2013 Cecil Andrews College faced closure, since taking on the Principal role Stella Jinman has in just four years turned Cecil Andrews College into a Teacher Development School specialising in STEM, Innovation and Technology with Specialists Arts and AFL Programs at its core. Year 12 Attainment levels have doubled along with a significant increase in NAPLAN. An innovative and forward thinking leader, Stella Jinman is blending 21 st Century technologies in the curriculum to map that content to real-world skills that are needed.