EduGrow School Garden Awards – Winners announced! RIG News, Dec. 2013
EduGrow School Garden Awards 2013 – East Arnhem, a RIG Network initiative
Shepherdson College, Galiwin’ku, was announced the Grand Prize winner at the EduGrow Awards Ceremony held at Yirrkala School on Monday, November 8. They received $2000 for the Grand Prize and a further $500 for winning their category!
The ceremony was attended by over 100 people, with excited students from Yirrkala and Gapuwiyak schools coming together with teachers and community members to celebrate their achievements to grow good food, good learning and good times!
Lynne Walker, MP, Nhulunbuy, announced the winners in each of the Award’s four categories. The Awards were presented by Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup, CEO, Jimmy Little Foundation (JLF). The Jimmy Little Foundation, Major Sponsor of the Awards, conducts the much loved Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! program promoting good nutrition and healthy lifestyle to Indigenous students across Australia.
The EduGrow Awards support and encourage students, teachers and schools to create school food gardens and learning activities for students who enjoy fun outdoor learning and engaging activities that can be readily integrated with the curriculum.
Graham (Buzz) and JLF community projects officer Glen Duncan were very impressed by the high quality of the gardens and commended all schools for the great work they have put in. “Fresh vegetables are vital to everyone’s diet and good health – a big thumbs up to all of the winners and this fantastic initiative from RIG Network that JLF and Thumbs Up! have supported since its inception” Graham said.
“We’re thrilled so many schools from across East Arnhem participated in the Awards. Every school was a winner. All entries demonstrably showcased the incredible work that teachers and students at community and homelands schools are doing. There were lots of highlights: garden videos, kids initiating market and other enterprise activities, home garden connections, lots of composting and clever use of local resources and some really lovely artwork from little people” Anthea, Manager of the Awards said
Shepherdson College, the overall winner, won with an outstanding entry that scored strongly across all criteria. The judges commended them for their innovative use of permacultural techniques, water management and clever integration of the garden and garden based learning across all areas of the curriculum for students of different ages to support strong learning and student engagement.
First Prize – The Awards four categories were:
- Raymangirr Homelands School
- Shepherdson College
- Lamiwuy Homelands School
- Gapuwiyak Secondary School
All participants in the Little People in Pictures Award received Certificates of High Merit and all participating schools received cash prizes and incentives to help them keep growing their gardens. Luckily, Glen from JLF was able to visit Milingimbi, Gapuwiyak and Galiwin’ku after the Awards to present schools and students with their Certificates. Thanks Glen!
RIG Network warmly acknowledge and thank: All EduGrow sponsors and supporters, Bryan Hughes and Mark Christie (NT DECs), the staff, students and school community of Yirrkala School for kindly hosting the EduGrow Ceremony at their school, and Professor Michael Christie, Duncan Poulson and Emily Gray for judging the Awards.
Stay tuned for more EduGrow in 2014!