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Actsmart Schools Awards 2019
NOMINATIONS CLOSE 18 OCTOBER 2019
The Actsmart Schools Awards celebrate excellence in the following focus areas; waste and recycling, energy, water, school grounds and biodiversity and efforts to embed sustainability in the curriculum.
The awards aim to recognise innovative sustainability projects and outstanding contributions made by students, teachers or staff and environment teams.
The award ceremony will be held on 20th November 2019 at the West Lounge at GIO stadium. Register to attend
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Sustainable Project Award
This category recognises a school that has implemented a project or innovation in 2019 which has resulted in improvements in sustainability at the school.
Sustainability Leadership Award
This category recognises individuals for outstanding leadership in school sustainability. Nominations can be submitted in the following categories:
- Teacher / staff member
- Primary student
- Secondary / college student
- Team award for environment teams within schools
Sustainable School of the Year Award
This category recognises schools who have successfully improved their sustainability in 2019 through student and staff behaviour change and action. It will be awarded to a school that demonstrates excellence across the five Actsmart Schools focus areas: water, waste, energy, biodiversity and school grounds, and the integration of sustainability in the curriculum. All 5-star accredited schools are encouraged to apply.
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How to nominate
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Nominations are to be submitted online through the Smarty Grants administration system. Smarty Grants allows you to start an application, save it and return to complete it at a later date.
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If you wish to add photos or other supporting material to your application please send via email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your school name and the award category.
Nominations close Friday 18th October 2019
Conditions of entry
Who can submit a nomination
Any staff member at an ACT school can submit a nomination. Students enrolled in ACT schools and staff members working in any ACT school are eligible to be nominated. Nominations must be endorsed by a staff member of the school being nominated.
All nominations become the property of the ACT Government. Entrants agree to various types of promotion in the public domain. Information in nominations may be reproduced for promotional purposes. The judging panel reserves the right to move a nomination from one category to another should they deem it a more appropriate fit. All decisions of the judging panel are final.
Eligibility in more than one category
Projects or innovations may be included in more than one award category. For example a project could be nominated for the Sustainable Project award, and could also be used to support the Sustainable School of the Year Award.
Number of nominations
A school may submit up to three nominations for each category, excluding the Sustainable School of the Year Award. A separate nomination must be completed for each nomination and category.
You are encouraged to provide supporting documentation (photos, graphs or statistics) to substantiate claims in your nomination. However, this is not a condition of entry. Supporting evidence is restricted to 3MB and must be in JPEG, PDF, Microsoft Word or Excel format. Entrants can email supporting documentation as attachments to email@example.com stating the school and relevant nomination category. Photos being used to support nominations must be accompanied by a completed media permissions form available from Actsmart Schools.
How entries are judged
The judging panel will comprise representatives from the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate and one independent judge from outside of the Directorate.
Award Winners 2018
We're proud to announce this years winners of the 2018 Actsmart Schools Sustainability Awards. Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees.
Innovation Award – Fadden Primary School. As part of introducing a new recycling system the Green Team created influenced the creation of a ‘friendship club’ where students came together to collect rubbish; and the Green Market Day, an event without straws or balloons
Leadership Award Primary – Millie Cains, St Joseph’s Primary School. Millie created innovative solutions to sustainability issues. After joining the Green team, she created and led weekly bin checks, nude food reminders, Earth week and an ideas box.
Leadership Award Secondary / College – Imogen Rayner, UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra. Imogen led teams to organise Clean up Australia Day, Share the Dignity and a whole college waste audit. She also conducted a school survey to improve recycling and implement new waste management systems within her school..
Leadership Award Teacher / Staff – Alison Hicks, Arawang Primary School. Alison has led Arawang’s sustainability efforts including involvement in Ride/Walk to School, Clean-Up Australia Day, World Environment Day, Earth Hour and National Recycling Week. Alison also facilitated the student teams and has worked to embed sustainability across the school’s curriculum.
School of the Year Award – Garran Primary School. This 5 Star School continues to excel in each of the five focus areas; waste, water, energy, biodiversity/school grounds, and curriculum. Students drive initiatives through their Eco-Rangers. The entire community is involved.
Innovation Award - Farrer Primary School
Innovation Award – UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra
Leadership Award Teacher / Staff – Katheryn Elliot, Farrer Primary School
Leadership Award Teacher / Staff – Carol Quashie-Williams, Farrer Primary School
Leadership Award Secondary / College – Jack Roylance, UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra
Leadership Award Primary – Angelique Corbitt, Farrer Primary School
School of the Year Award – Aranda Primary School