Teacher Scholarship Award

To additionally promote and support parent engagement for several years CCSP has provided a scholarship to a preservice teacher at Australian Catholic University (ACU).  The scholarship acts as an incentive to further their understanding and subsequent application of parent engagement in their teaching role.

Following the success of the program in 2019 CCSP established a scholarship for a pre-service teacher studying at the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA)

Congratulations to Emily Swinburn recipient of 2020 Council of Catholic School Parents Pre-service Teacher Scholarship.

2020 Winner UNDA Emily Swinburn

Emily Swinburn is a Bachelor of Primary Education student at UNDA.

“I was thrilled to receive the scholarship and very honoured and humbled to be chosen out of all the other applicants,” says Emily Swinburn. “I plan to put it towards supporting my students when I begin teaching full-time.”

Emily said it was her interest in parent/teacher engagement that prompted her to apply for this scholarship. “I was pleased to find a scholarship that supports the vital relationship between parents and teachers in creating an encouraging community learning environment,” she says.

"I have been fortunate enough to observe how the relationship between the parent and teacher affects a child's learning during my previous practical experiences,” says Emily. “Last term I noticed the correlation between the success of the students learning in the class and the relationship my supervising teacher had with their parents.”



The 2019 recipient of the scholarship at ACU was Jessica Hook, a final year student hoping to teach in a Catholic primary school.


The inaugural recipient of the UNDA scholarship was Joseph Woolnough, a Bachelor of Primary Education student at UNDA’s Broadway Campus. Joseph wrote about how critical engagement and co-operation between parents and teachers is achieving positive outcomes in children’s learning, while also providing additional benefits for both parents and teachers alike.