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EduGrow Awards 2013

Media Release


Shepherdson College, Galiwinku, was announced the Grand Prize winner at the EduGrow Awards Ceremony held at Yirrkala School on Monday 18 November. They will receive $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 the achievements of community and homelands schools to grow good food, good learning and good times.

 Lynne Walker, MP, Nhulunbuy, announced the winners in each of the Awards four categories. The Awards were presented to each school by Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup, CEO, Jimmy Little Foundation (JLF). The Jimmy Little Foundation was the Major Sponsor of the Awards and conducts the much loved Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! program promoting good nutrition and healthy lifestyle to Indigenous students across Australia.

Graham (Buzz) and JLF community projects officer Glen Duncan were very impressed by the high quality of the gardens and commended all eight schools who participated 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.

The EduGrow School Garden Awards support and encourage students, teachers and schools to create school food gardens and learning activities for students who enjoy learning outdoors, through engaging, fun activities that can be readily integrated with the curriculum.

“We’re thrilled that so many schools from across East Arnhem have participated in the Awards. Every participating school was a winner and the entries demonstrably showcase the incredible work that teachers and students at community and homelands schools are doing” Anthea Fawcett, Manager of the Awards said.

Shepherdson College was the overall winner 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 winners in each of the Awards four categories were:

  • Raymangirr Homelands School
  • Shepherdson College
  • Lamiwuy Homelands School
  • Gapuwiyak Secondary School

Participants in EduGrow’s optional Art Award, Little People in Pictures each received Certificates of High Merit and all schools who won other places in their category received cash prizes and incentives to help them keep growing their gardens.

Organisers of the EduGrow Awards warmly acknowledge and thank the staff, students and school community of Yirrkala School for kindly hosting the EduGrow Ceremony at their school.

EduGrow participants and guests at the EduGrow Awards Ceremony held at Yirrkala School in November 2013.

EduGrow participants and guests at the EduGrow Awards Ceremony held at Yirrkala School in November 2013.

The EduGrow Awards are managed by the Remote Indigenous Gardens Network (RIG Network) on behalf of EduGrow sponsors and supporters. 

The EduGrow School Garden Awards 2013 are off and running!

The Awards are open to all schools in East Arnhem and Mamaruni School, Minjilang. This years Awards build upon the success of the ALPA 40th Anniversary EduGrow School Garden Awards, 2012. The Awards are managed by RIG Network and are made possible by the generous financial and in-kind support of EduGrow Sponsor Partners and Supporting Partners.

We hope many schools will participate in the Awards that aim to encourage, support and reward the efforts of schools, students and teachers. This years Awards include new features such as the EduGrow Sharepoint site to enable schools, students and teachers to share ideas, tips, stories and encouragement. The Awards will run throughout Term 2 and Term 3 with all entries due by October 21. Judging will take place in early November and prize winners will be announced by November 22.

There will be a Grand Prize of $2000.00 to be awarded to the overall winning school.

There will be four categories, in which first, second and third prizes will be awarded. These will be cash and/or in-kind prizes, to the respective value of $500.00, $300.00 and $200.00.

Gardening and other school garden support resources, mentor contact details, information kits and more to come for participating schools once the Expression’s of Interest close on May 8.

NEW – Useful teaching resource – Let’s Dig! A School Garden Resource – download at



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  1. Rebecca Hunter permalink
    May 17, 2013

    Hi Anthea,

    I was just wondering how to upload the video ?



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