2022 CISWA Award Winner

CJ is proud to be announced as the joint winner of the

2022 CISWA International Education Initiative of the Year in Schools Award

At CJ we have always felt that it is the staff that sets us apart from other campuses. Their drive, passion and knowledge of our students and their needs is always of the highest level. Mishayla Webber, International and IEC Student Coordinator at CJ embodies all of these qualities, her support of our students and depth of her understanding is life changing for so many of them.

Congratulation Mishayla, we couldn’t be prouder.

From Milton Butcher, Principal Cyril Jackson SC:

Ms Webber has performed to the highest level of expectation in terms of supporting, nurturing and managing international students.  A number entered the IEC initially and then moved into the mainstream program to study a range of traditional school subjects.  She maintained deep interest in their academic progress as well as their individual wellbeing.  Her attention to them as individuals was pronounced.  She recognised that most were adults or near adults and did not necessarily have familial structures to rely on.  In particular she was acute in her support of the mental health condition of students, especially those experiencing isolation.  Her work was instructive in assisting their transition to an Australian school culture and program.  She was always attentive to liaison with families and TIWA.


Her approach was always student-centred and focused on them as individuals.  Her interest in them as individuals assisted in the transition from IEC to mainstream subjects.


Her easy going, yet sharp attention to the needs of schooling are recognised by the international cohort.  She is approachable, reasonable and professional.  They know that she reliable in carrying out functions and in completing tasks relevant to their needs.  She is trusted.


Ms Webber is commended for her work.

From the CISWA Announcement:

JOINT WINNER
2022 WA INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR – SCHOOLS
Dedicated International Student Coordinator Cyril Jackson Senior Campus

The work done was born of the realisation by Mishayla Webber, International and IEC Student Coordinator at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus, that the social and emotional wellbeing needs of our international students were not always being met, especially during the transition from Intensive English Centre into mainstream Year 11/12. Compounding factors were that many of CJSC’s students are over 18 years of age by Year 11, independent and with fewer external supports, and a lack of understanding by course counsellors and students themselves regarding appropriate post-secondary pathways.   To address these challenges Mishayla has undertaken a range of measures. These include:
–         Becoming a qualified facilitator trainer of the BRiTA program Building Resilience in Transcultural Australian
–         Establishing a more active relationship with TIWA
–         Developing clearer lines of communication, greater shared knowledge and deeper understanding of student issues and needs.  

International students at CJSC have access to all the benefits of being a student here, including Ethnic Education Assistants who speak their languages and our many well-being initiatives. Yoga classes allow a space for students to practice mind/body connection with a teacher who is also a trauma-informed yoga and meditation instructor. Benefits to students include improved mental health, understanding of their body and dealing with exam/study stress.   The award was accepted by Mishayla Webber, International and IEC Student Coordinator.
This award was sponsored by the Department of Education WA and presented by Joe Bontempo, Manager, International Education.
This award was sponsored by the Department of Education WA and presented by Joe Bontempo, Manager, International Education.