You are here

Home > About > News and media releases > Winning Streak for Education Partnership

News

Winning streak for education partnership

Winning streak for education partnership

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Winning Streak for Education Partnership

Thursday 7 November, 2013

Lara Primary School and Serendip Sanctuary have had a very successful year so far, and they’re hoping it’s going to continue. So far this year they have won two NAB Schools First Impact Grants; $30,000 in September and a further $30,000 in the Living Sustainably category. On November 28th they will compete for a further $140,000 as overall national winner.

Over 31% of schools Australia-wide compete for these grants, and the key to the success of this partnership is its strong ten year relationship in community education and broad scale environmental education.  

Regardless of whether they take out the national prize, Lara Primary and Serendip are planning to spend some of their $60,000 winnings to develop a Phone App for Serendip Sanctuary. The students will work closely with the Serendip rangers gathering information about the species on the Wildlife Walk at the Sanctuary. They will then use this to create an educational App that other school groups and the general public can access.

“This will take the partnership into a new area of environmental education using technology as an educational tool,” says teacher Marcia O’Brien. “At present, all grades from Prep to Grade 6 spend a week working at the Sanctuary. They take on the role of custodians within the park, and then use their IT skills to interpret what they’ve learned about nature and the environment.”

She says the school, its staff and families really appreciate the support they receive from Parks Victoria and Serendip Sanctuary. “Students love chatting with Ranger Ruth about birds and Ranger Matt about endangered species. At the end of each day you often see the students raking paths, sweeping the walkways and doing simple cleaning chores.  They love being at Serendip Sanctuary and really feel a sense of ownership.”

Rebecca Kotow, Head of Education and Corporate Responsibility at the NAB, says the community should be incredibly proud of Lara Primary School’s achievements to date. The partnership will compete against all the other category winners at a ceremony in Melbourne on November 28th. Former Serendip Team Leader Mick Smith will represent Parks Victoria along with Marcia from Lara Primary.  



Media enquiries

Sally Nowlan
0417 391175

Parks Victoria media centre

Recent Stories

Inspired volunteers start new Maroondah Reservoir Friends Group

Tuesday 24 May, 2016
Maroondah Reservoir Park is home to a brand new friends group after a group of young volunteers got inspired during…

Bridge closure - Cobrawonga Island

Monday 23 May, 2016
The access bridge at Cobrawonga Island in the Proposed Murray River Park has been closed in the interests of public…

Successful firearm prosecution

Thursday 19 May, 2016
Parks Victoria has successfully prosecuted a Traralgon man in the Sale Magistrates Court for an incident of possessing a firearm…

Paying the price for illegal rubbish dumping

Thursday 19 May, 2016
A Heyfield man has been fined for dumping rubbish in the Glenmaggie Nature Conservation Reserve, between Heyfield and Seaton, earlier…

Firewood collection area to close near Robinvale

Tuesday 17 May, 2016
Parks Victoria says the designated domestic firewood collection area at Piambi - Dead River Track near Robinvale will close at…

Call to protect Lake Colac treasures

Monday 9 May, 2016
Parks Victoria is urging residents and visitors to protect their local heritage as water levels in Lake Colac and surrounding…

View all media releases