NEWS: CHASS Australia Prize

Date posted: 13 Oct 2014Author: STC

John Saunders. Photo by Grant Sparkes-CarrollWe are delighted that STC’s Education Manager John Saunders has been awarded a prestigious CHASS Australia Prize for a Future Leader in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. This prize is awarded to an individual under 35 years of age who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Over for the past 18 months, while John has been at STC, our Education programs have grown, diversified and many new initiatives have been introduced for both students and teachers.   

In particular, John has been instrumental in the development of STC’s program for primary school teachers, School DramaTM, which helps teachers improve student literacy using the power of drama alongside quality literature. He is currently writing a book about the School Drama program alongside esteemed academic Professor Robyn Ewing.

The CHASS Australia Prizes are awarded by the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Science (CHASS) to honour achievements by Australians working, studying or training in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences areas.

John is an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney, frequently presents on Arts education at state, national and international conferences, is on numerous Arts education boards, and in his spare time is completing his Masters of Education.