Victorian Education Excellence Awards 2022

On Friday night the winners of the Victorian Education Excellence Awards for 2022 were announced at the Regent Theatre Ballroom in the city. David Howes, Deputy Secretary, was the MC and the Minister for Education, The Hon. Natalie Hutchins, presented the winners with their trophies.

Pitsa was announced the winner of the Colin Simpson Outstanding Secondary Principal Award. This is a very prestigious award that is not only well deserved but also reflects Pitsa’s remarkable leadership and significant contribution to McKinnon Secondary College and State Education in Victoria. 

It was an honour to be there to see Pitsa accept her award. I know all members of our community are extremely proud of her achievements.

We are delighted that Pitsa is the winner of this award, a wonderful acknowledgement of her contribution to our school and broader community.

Michael Kan
Campus Principal

Colin Simpson Outstanding Secondary Principal
Pitsa Binnion, McKinnon Secondary College

Pitsa Binnion is a highly experienced educator and principal of McKinnon Secondary College ­– one of the largest and highest-performing secondary colleges in Victoria. An advocate for public education, Pitsa demonstrates a sustained commitment to the Victorian state school system and its students.

Working as an advisor, mentor and educational leader, Pitsa is building teacher and principal capacity across the sector, contributing to department advisory panels and as a Challenge Partner in school reviews. Her exceptional leadership, positive community impact and contribution to improving student and organisational outcomes has led to McKinnon Secondary College receiving accreditation with the Council of International Schools (CIS), significant growth in VCE results and improvements in classroom pedagogy.

Pitsa’s exemplary commitment to building a positive learning culture and environment for secondary education continues to deliver high-quality outcomes for young people living in Melbourne's South East.