Brentwood Primary School deputy principal Peter Trimble was one of three winners of the inaugural Positive Teacher of the Year Award 2012.
In a career spanning more than 30 years, he has helped students fulfil their potential by ensuring they feel happy and comfortable about coming to school.
Mr Trimble said he felt privileged to win the award after making it his mission to bring a positive attitude to his daily work.
“It is not something you work for but I feel flattered that the commitment I've given to ensuring the mental health and emotional wellbeing of students and staff, and sometimes parents and families, is honoured,” he said.
“It also tells me that the approaches I use and my personality traits are effective in supporting people.”
During his time at Brentwood Primary School, Mr Trimble has spearheaded initiatives such as the school virtues program and the sustainable environment program, which are designed to teach life skills and encourage communication among students.
The competition, which was run by the Positive Schools mental health and wellbeing conference, received more than 500 nominations from parents, students, teachers and support staff across Australia.
But it was a glowing nomination from Brentwood Primary School’s recently-appointed principal Pat Nottle that clinched the award for Mr Trimble, who she described as a nurturing and approachable teacher.
Ms Nottle said she was motivated and inspired by the ‘can do’ attitude which he brings to his work and the impact of his positivity on the entire school.
“I have been in education for over thirty years and I am amazed that an experienced teacher such as Peter has still an abundance of positive energy which he shares on a daily basis with both children and staff,” she said.
“Peter is a positive role model for everyone - he 'walks the talk’.
“The general well being of Brentwood Primary School is all the better because of Peter.”
Mr Trimble was presented with an award and an invitation to present the work done by his school to promote wellbeing at next year’s Positive Schools conference.
PHOTO: Brentwood Primary School deputy principal Peter Trimble won the inaugural Positive Teacher of the Year Award 2012.