Northholm Grammar School teachers Margaret Hill and Verity Paterson have taken the school's motto — "Learn with purpose, live with passion" — to new heights.
Both were nominated by parents for the National Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Ms Hill, the Stage 4 co-ordinator, has taught at the school for 15 years. The former head of mathematics is working on a program for students in years 7 and 8 that will help smooth the transition to high school.
"We're both a bit embarrassed because there are so many teachers put in so much," she said.
"We're focusing on developing group skills and also big picture learning where you solve real-world problems.
"You get the situation where students want to know things. Rather then telling them what to learn, you're saying 'You need to solve this' and they're saying 'OK. Can you teach us what we need so we can do that?' "
Ms Paterson, the head of primary curriculum, said she was honoured by the recognition.
Ms Patterson said pupils in years 3 to 6 did a lot of inquiry-based learning to prepare them for the future.
‘‘It’s empowering students to solve real world problems and to create inquiring minds, rather than just overwhelming them with facts and knowledge,’’ she said.
‘‘We're preparing these children for jobs that don’t event exist yet, so it’s really important we empower them to be able to unlock information. In the classroom we try to do that in the most creative way we can.’’