In the last six years, Ms O’Neill has led the Western Australian public school system through a range of far-reaching reforms and has taken a strong stand on high standards of education for all students; professional and ethical standards of staff; and behaviour of students.
“I am very pleased to be given the opportunity to continue leading public education in this State,” she said.
“I take pride in the fact that we deliver a high standard of education for all students – no matter what their circumstances, no matter where they live or what abilities they have.
“This gives us challenges but also great opportunities to shape a better society that very few other professionals have.”
With a clear focus on students at the centre of all decisions, her Classroom First strategy was a blueprint for the future and gave a clear mandate for public schools.
“I said soon after becoming Director General that I would not be issuing grand visions on a regular basis but rather I would try to get the focus in the right place and then stick to it,” Ms O’Neill said.
“That was the impetus for Classroom First. I wanted to make sure that every single person across the Department and the community knew and understood our priorities – which are for every student to be successful, for every teacher to be effective and for every school to be good.
“I look forward to continuing to work with staff, parents, students and communities across Western Australia as well as business, industry, organisations and stakeholders.
“We should all be proud of the significant improvements that have been made in public education over the last few years.”