Birrong Girls High School received national recognition and a share in over $1 million in prize money at the 2008 Australian Government National Awards for Quality Schooling.
"The Australian Government is committed to building a world-class education system, and awards like this build a better understanding of the work done in Australian schools by showcasing these important achievements," Mr Clare said.
The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today awarded 59 schools, teachers, principals and school support staff at a ceremony in Parliament House, Canberra.
Principal Jenni Wilkins travelled to Canberra to receive the award on behalf of the school. Birrong Girls High was recognised as a leading example of a school dedicated to continued improvement particularly in the areas of literacy and numeracy.
"Birrong Girls High School under the leadership of Ms Wilkins has made an outstanding contribution to our community by demonstrating the enthusiasm, passion and dedication that builds a positive schooling experience for our students," Mr Clare said.
"I am delighted to see Birrong Girls High School receive the recognition so richly deserved, and I join with the community in celebrating this great achievement.
"A quality education is crucial not only for ensuring our national prosperity, but also for providing equality of opportunity and overcoming social disadvantage in our community.
"I warmly congratulate our local winner and encourage our schools to keep up their excellent work."
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