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Posted on:Thursday, 7th June 2012
NAB Schools First is encouraging schools to apply for a share of over $3-million in awards funding available to outstanding school-community partnerships throughout Australia, by applying online at schoolsfirst.edu.au before applications close on Friday June 29.
NAB Schools First is a national awards program that recognises and rewards outstanding school-community partnerships. A partnership between NAB, the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the program is based on research that proves student outcomes can be improved by schools working with local community groups, organisations and businesses.
Since 2009, NAB Schools First has awarded funding to over 300 school-community partnerships around Australia and in 2012 will award funding to 130 schools, 15 more than last year.
Head of NAB Schools First, Rebecca Sherwill, encourages all schools in a community partnership or considering one to apply.
“We know that school-community partnerships have such a positive impact, not only on student development but on the community as a whole. NAB Schools First has been privileged to reward 310 inspiring partnerships in the past three years and watch them grow and prosper even further as a result. Schools have nothing to lose and up to $200 000 to gain by applying.
“To date, 26 per cent of Australian schools have submitted applications for a NAB Schools First Award, confirming there is a need for the support and recognition the program provides,” said Ms Sherwill.
Applications for the 2012 Awards are currently open at schoolsfirst.edu.au to schools in metropolitan, regional and remote areas in Australia across the public, catholic and independent sectors. The three award types are:
In 2011, NAB was recognised with an Australian Business Award for its contribution to the community through NAB Schools First. In 2011 the program was also identified as a key player in the development of the governments ‘Business School Round Table’ supporting schools working with businesses to create positive social and economic outcomes.
NAB Schools First Award applications can only be submitted online at schoolsfirst.edu.au. Applications close 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday, 29 June 2012.
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