55 awards valued at $30,000 each for recognition of success in establishing effective school-community partnerships.
NAB Schools First recognises that the education of our young people rests on the shoulders of the entire community, which is why the awards component of the program supports Australian schools working in partnership with their communities to help young people realise their potential.
Launched in October 2008 by the Hon. Julia Gillard, MP, NAB Schools First is a national awards program that provides:
Over the three years NAB Schools First has been running, the program has awarded 310 school-community partnerships with $15 million to support and sustain their effective school-community partnership Any school in Australia can apply for a NAB Schools First Award. To date, over 26% of Australian schools have submitted applications for a NAB Schools First Award.
There are three types of awards: Impact Awards, Seed Funding Awards and our new Student Award. To learn more about these, go to our Award Categories section.
Together we believe in the maxim ‘It takes a village to raise a child’.
NAB Schools First builds on the increasing recognition that the task of raising young people who are resilient, enquiring, adaptable and well-adjusted, rests on the shoulders of the entire community.
Schools can’t do it alone. To share the responsibility, NAB Schools First strives to connect schools with their communities across Australia. Research shows that student results and experiences can be enhanced when they are connected to and involved with their community.
Outcomes can include:
• greater student engagement
• improved attendance and retention, and
• better academic performance.
We want communities to become more involved in their local school and for an extended range of people to contribute to student learning.
Effective school-community partnerships mean schools can draw from a much broader range of resources and support networks.
This year Tyrrell College, in the remote Victorian town of Sea Lake, was awarded a total of $500,000 in funding as the NAB Schools First National Award winner.
“Tyrrell College is a deserved national award winner because of the outstanding impact its program is having on students, the local agriculture industry and the community at large, but also for its potential to grow further with this award funding and impact more positively on more young people.” Andrew Hagger, Chair of NAB Schools First said.
A school-community partnership is a relationship between a school and at least one non-school organisation, agency or entity that is aimed at improving the educational outcomes of young people. The school and the community partner have a combined mission to improve student outcomes by:
When schools and the community come together, the benefits are endless for everyone involved.
For schools, it’s having greater access to resources and improvement of student literacy, numeracy and wellbeing. For community organisations, it’s having greater access to motivated and work-ready young people, as well as improved relationships within their community.
For students, it’s becoming further involved in their school community and gaining increased self-esteem and confidence.
There are enormous benefits for schools who partner with their local community. Partnerships may assist schools with:
All Australian schools are eligible for a NAB Schools First Award. A school may be primary, secondary or combined P-12/K-12/R-12 school in the Government, Catholic, Independent, or Special school sector.
NAB Schools First prides itself on being an inclusive awards program reaching metropolitan, regional and remote schools of all shapes and sizes.
NAB Schools First enters its fourth year in 2012 with 130 awards and $3 million available to outstanding school-community partnerships. The awards breakdown is:
Impact Award Winners were then in the running for:
Do you have a great idea for a school-community partnership that’s based on an identified need but don’t have a partner? To find one, register for the Partnership Matching Service and start creating your partnership.
Create a profile around your partnership needs, outcomes and requirements and start searching for potential matches immediately.
Schools are partnering with a diverse range of community partners. In the context of NAB Schools First awards, a community partner is any agency or entity that is not a school. This may include:
Nationally, several sectors are actively developing partnerships with schools. Of the 2011 award winning partnerships:
To read about our 310 award winning partnerships, visit the winners page.
There are enormous benefits to organisations willing to partner with local schools. Examples include:
Partnering organisations are helping schools address their particular needs in a variety of ways. For example:
Applications will only be accepted via the online process from 9.00pm (AEST) on Monday, 5 March 2012 until 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday, 29 June 2012.