ALPA EduGrow School Garden Awards – RIG News June 2012
ALPA 40th Anniversary EduGrow School Garden Award Winners!
The ALPA EduGrow Awards are one of the ways ALPA is celebrating their 40th Anniversary with member communities throughout 2012. The Award winners were announced by the Northern Territory Chief Minister, the Hon. Paul Raymond Henderson, at the celebratory ALPA Gala Dinner that was held in Darwin on June 20 in front of 200 senior executives, with past and present management and staff present. The Remote Indigenous Gardens Network partnered with ALPA to conduct the competition.
Congratulations to SHEPHERDSON COLLEGE, Galiwin’ku – The Grand Prize Winner!
Shepherdson College received the Grand Prize of $1500.00 for their entry that demonstrated achievement across all sections of the competition. Judging was difficult and all entering schools were Winners. All runners up received a ‘surprise’ award of $750 announced at the dinner, that was awarded in recognition of each schools individual efforts and to assist them to continue to grow their gardens and associated garden based learning programs.
In his speech, the Chief Minister praised ALPA for forty years of great achievement, highlighting that ALPA is one of the Territory’s largest Aboriginal owned organisations and employers of Aboriginal people. The Chief Minister spoke about the importance of education and the high priority his government has placed on delivering high school education to students in the bush. Alastair King, ALPA’s CEO, congratulated all schools on a great effort and said ALPA hoped to continue the garden competition in the future if ongoing support can be found to partner on it.
ALPA EduGrow Award presentation
NT Chief Minister, Hon Paul Henderson, MLA, with Brian Gumbala, from Elcho Island who accepted the Grand Prize Award on behalf of Shepherdson College, Anthea Fawcett from RIG, and MC Wayne Zerbe.