Three Cheers for Mrs Morris!

Last night was the annual Victorian Education Excellence Awards held at Crown, in Melbourne, Victoria.

The VEEA showcases a variety of outstanding achievements by teachers, leaders and education support officers in Victorian Government schools. It is a very prestigous event and even being nominated is a special achievement.

for winning the Outstanding Primary Teacher of the Year!
What an amazing achievement!

 Here’s how the night unfolded…

Excitement was high as Mrs Morris, her husband, Nate, sister, Jo, mum, Ann and Miss Jordan travelled to Melbourne to attend the awards. The Palladium room at Crown is a very special venue and there were over 700 people at the event.

It was terrific that our principal, Ms Rollinson, was invited to the awards and she was sitting at our table with some other Geelong nominees.

Throughout the evening, the Minister for Education presented different awards. You can see the categories for the awards here. After our entree and main course, the moment we had been waiting for finally arrived. The nominees for the Outstanding Primary Teacher of the Year award were named and Mrs Morris was announced the winner!

Mrs Morris made her way to the stage to answer some questions and receive her framed certificate. Later on she was photographed with the other award winners.

Mrs Morris is using her $10,000 prize to present at the ISTE conference in San Diego, USA. She will present with our blogging buddy, Mrs Yollis! Mrs Morris and her husband, Nate, will learn so much at this big conference and Mrs Morris can’t wait to meet many other blogging buddies around the USA. She also plans to use her prize money to help other schools get involved in blogging and global collaboration.

Here are some photos of the night.

What a fantastic achievement for Mrs Morris! We are so proud of you!

Check out the thoughtful posts by former students BB, Rhiannon and Jarrod.

4KM students have their photo in Friday’s edition of the Geelong Advertiser here

What do you think of Mrs Morris achievement?

Have you ever won a special award?

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139 thoughts on “Three Cheers for Mrs Morris!

  1. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    Mrs Morris didn’t need to win an award to prove that she is teacher of the year cause she was already one also Miss Jordan.

    It’s very exciting for 4KM and 4KJ to hear that their teacher is the teacher of the year out of the whole Victoria.

    I really hope that Mrs Morris will cherish this award forever and enjoy it! 🙂 :mrgreen:

    No one will be a better teacher than you Mrs Morris.

    Keep up the great teaching,
    Leah. ♥ 🙂 :mrgreen:

    • Dear Leah,

      What a well written comment! You used some excellent words. It was so nice of you to say that Miss Jordan and I are already Teachers of the Year to you.

      You are a great student.

      Keep up your excellent blogging,

      Mrs M☀rris

  2. Dear Mrs Morris,

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!

    I am so happy for you! You deserved this fantastic award! I was really shocked when I came to school and everyone was saying, ” Mrs Morris won the award!” You are afantastic teacher and I am really looking forward to all the exciting things we will be doing this year!

    I have won a medal for winning a Tennis Clinic and I have won a trophy for achieving an award in netball.

    By far, you are the best teacher I have ever had!

    From your student,

    Maha :mrgreen:

    • Dear Maha,

      It is a huge compliment to say that I am the best teacher you have ever had! Thank you.

      You are clever to win a medal for tennis. I have never been good at sports although I have got lots of medals from the fun runs I’ve participated in (not for winning!)

      Thank you, Maha
      Mrs M☀rris

  3. Dear Mrs Morris,

    Wow what a wonderful prize. I can’t imagine what it would be like winning $10,000!

    At calisthenics we get one trophy for participating and if we are lucky you can get another trophy for being the most popular.

    There is only two trophies handed out for most popular and I have got 2nd popular last year. I also got a trophy because I started late (when I started) and was the leader of 2nd team.

    I have never won money before but I also have won a colouring competition at Bella and JJ, Gateway plaza.

    I have one question for you:

    If you go to America, and have left over money what would you do with it?

    You’re Blogging Buddy,

    ♥ Georgia ♥

    • Dear ♥ Georgia ♥,

      I have never won such a big amount of money before and I feel very very lucky!

      You are clever to win calisthenics trophies. I have never won trophies for sports but I have won prizes for colouring competitions, just like you!

      If I have leftover money after the USA, I will take some days out of the classroom to help teachers at other schools with blogging and global collaboration. The money will be to pay a replacement teacher.

      Best wishes,
      Mrs M☀rris

  4. Dear 4KM and 4KJ,

    I was really happy when I saw that Mrs Morris had won the VEEA award.

    Spend your money wisely now. Just kidding I think you will have a fantastic time in America. say hi to Mrs Yollis for me.

    I have just been blogging and Mum helped me create an avatar that I had been working on for about an hour.

    By for now

  5. Dear 4kj and 4km,

    Wow, I have just read all the comments of congratulations! It is so lovely to know that our children are being taught in such a positive and supportive environment at such a great school. Kathleen Morris you are a star, I can’t believe you have replied to every single comment on this post, it truly is testament to your commitment and drive for teaching!!


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  7. Dear Mrs. Morris,
    Congratulations to you from Venice, Florida, U.S.A.! I am learning to blog this summer in preparation for blogging with my middle school (grades 6-8) language arts students in the fall. I have spent many hours on the computer, especially on your classroom blog and on that of your friend Mrs. Yollis. I can certainly see why you won Teacher of the Year! Although you live half way around the world and don’t know me, you have taught me so much about blogging this last month. THANK YOU! The students who have the opportunity to work with you in person every day are very lucky indeed.

    I most appreciate your posts about commenting guidelines and involving families in blogging. It is kind of you to share that information. Of course, I also liked seeing you with Mrs. Yollis in her classroom and at her home.

    As a novice in the world of blogging, it is both humbling and inspiring to visit your classroom blog.

    We will begin school at the end of August and your classroom blog will be our first visit. We are at

    I will be back to visit again soon. Nice job on the Factor Family posters!!

    Mrs. Donofrio

    • Dear Mrs. Donofrio,

      Thanks so much for your kind words! It means so much to hear that the work we are doing is helping people from around the world!

      I think you’re going to love blogging when you start your new school year. Your students will certainly get a lot out of it! We’ll be sure to check back when your new school year begins and we look forward to hearing from you again too.

      Best wishes,
      Mrs M☀rris

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