Tuesday March 13, 2018
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP celebrated Mulgoa’s 2018 Woman of the Year Sally Smithard in a special ceremony held yesterday in her honour at St Clair High School, where she was presented with the award.
Sally Smithard is the Relieving Principal of St Clair High School. She was nominated due to her outstanding leadership of the school during challenging circumstances.
“In 2014, a devastating fire destroyed 80% of the infrastructure and contents of St Clair High School. Shortly after this, Sally took on the role of Relieving Principal in addition to the management of the school rebuild. The rebuild has faced a number of challenges and issues over the past 3 ½ years and it is through this adversity that Sally has lead the school with outstanding competence, professionalism and strength,” Tanya Davies said.
Tanya Davies was joined by Penrith Education Director Deborah Summerhayes, NSW Secondary Principals’ Council President Chris Presland and the St Clair High School community to celebrate and commend Sally Smithard upon receiving this honour.
As Minister for Women, Tanya Davies also said the NSW Women of the Year Local Awards celebrate the contributions and successes of women who are often quiet achievers.
“The Local Awards are designed to acknowledge women who are making a significant impact in the places where we live and work, and in the lives of people around them. Local award winners exemplify the spirit of their communities,” Tanya Davies said.
The NSW Women of the Year Awards program recognises remarkable women across the state who have achieved inspiring results in their careers, in business or in their communities.