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Actsmart Schools Awards 2020
The Actsmart Schools Sustainability Awards celebrate excellence in sustainable management of the Actsmart Schools focus areas; waste and recycling, energy, water, biodiversity and school grounds and actions to address sustainability in the curriculum.
The Awards are an opportunity for your school to recognise and celebrate contributions made by students, teachers or staff and environment teams.
Due to restrictions on large gatherings the Award ceremony format is still to be determined.
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NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Submit your nominations through this online form. You can start a nomination, save it and return to it later. Please note that each award nomination will require you to start a new form.
Actions you can include in the nomination are those from Term 4 2019 through 2020.
Please also see our Conditions of entry.
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Nominations close 11.59pm Sunday 1st November 2020 (end of Week 3 Term 4)
Actsmart Schools Awards Categories 2020
This category recognises individuals for outstanding leadership in school sustainability by demonstrating the spirit of the Actsmart Schools program. Recipients must demonstrate exceptional commitment to improving their school’s sustainability. Nominations can be submitted in the following categories:
- Teachers or staff members – primary and secondary
- Students – primary and secondary
- Student teams – primary and secondary
Sustainable Projects Awards
- This category recognises a school that has implemented a project in 2020 that has resulted in improvements in sustainability at the school. There are categories for primary and senior schools.
Sustainable School of the Year
This category recognises schools that have successfully improved their sustainability in 2020 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 into the curriculum. All 5-star accredited schools are encouraged to apply.
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Conditions of entry
Any staff member at an ACT school can submit a nomination. Students enrolled in any ACT school and staff members working in any ACT school are eligible to be nominated. Nominations must be submitted by a staff member of the school.
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 may be included in more than one award category. For example, a project could be included in 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 form must be completed for each nomination and category.
Entrants are encouraged to provide supporting documentation (photos, graphs or statistics) to substantiate claims in your nomination, but this is not a condition of entry. Supporting documentation can be uploaded with your nomination.
How entries are judged
The judging panel will comprise a representative from the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate and two independent judges from outside of the Directorate. Judges decisions are final.
Tips and hints for nominations
Use the following points to help make your nomination for the 2020 Actsmart Schools Sustainability Awards really shine.
- Outline what activities were undertaken. For example:
- student led and designed activities
- communication – newsletters, social media, posters
- education – student led activities
- events the whole school engaged in
- any sustainability professional learning?
- were activities integrated into the curriculum and classroom learning
- Explain the outcomes and impact of the actions. For example:
- environmental, social and economic benefits
- changes in behaviour that led to changes in consumption (of energy, water, or reductions in the amount of waste). Provide data such as statistics and graphs or cost savings to show improvements
- positive changes in attitudes
- increases in participation of sustainability focussed activities or green team memberships
- improvements in processes or management systems
- plans for new actions
- communication with the school community in newsletters, social media posts and positive feedback that might have been received from the community.
- Where possible include photos of projects, students in action and student work.
- For School of the Year nominations provide information on your achievements in all the Actsmart Schools focus areas.
Award winners 2019
The 2019 Actsmart Schools Sustainability Awards ceremony was held on 20th November 2019 at the West Lounge at GIO stadium. Congratulations to all the winners, highly commended and nominees.
Sustainable Leadership Award (Primary) – Alexander Roll of Arawang Primary School
Alexander’s enthusiasm and leadership has seen the whole school community build their awareness around sustainability. This is an amazing effort for an 8-year-old student in promoting sustainability across a community.
Sustainable Leadership Award (Secondary / College) – Thu Vu from Daramalan College
As the Environment Captain Thu has demonstrated energy and maturity as well as commitment to leading the student focus on the environment in a positive way. Thu has led include Clean-up Dara Day, a Keep Cups Drive which raised money for an environmental project in Tasmania and expanded the school's Nude Food day.
Sustainable Leadership Award (Teacher / Staff) – Rebecca Legge from Fadden Primary School
Rebecca’s efforts have driven an increased focus on sustainability at Fadden Primary School. There have been big impacts, such as the implementation of school wide recycling systems, to more subtle impacts, such as ‘Use the correct bin’ being added to Fadden’s Positive Behaviours for Learning matrix.
Sustainable Leadership Award (Teacher / Staff) – Tarun Whan from Caroline Chisholm School
Tarun Whan has worked with commitment and unwavering enthusiasm to inspire awareness of sustainability both within his classes and in extra-curricular activities.
Sustainable Leadership Team Award (Primary) – Aranda Primary's School's G-force
The G-Force leads the Aranda Primary school in all their sustainable practices. Managing a comprehensive 5-bin system across the school as well as running and promoting sustainable events such as National Tree day, Clean-Up Australia, Earth Hour, National Recycling week.
Sustainable Leadership Team Award (Secondary / College) – Caroline Chisholm School's Sustainability Squad
The Sustainability Squad strive to create positive change for sustainability. Working with Mr Taz, their achievements include the installation of an innovative real time energy monitoring system, the establishment of a Container Deposit Recycling Scheme at the canteen, and an E-waste school community drop-off centre.
Sustainable Project Award (Primary) – Red Hill Primary School has received the Project award for their Indigenous night day garden
The garden design was influenced by plans submitted by the student led Green Team and Deadly Boomerangs, in consultation with Tyronne Bell from Thunderstone and Adam Shipp from Yurbay. They designed the garden so that the students could learn about the edible plants in our region. The judges were impressed by how the whole school has celebrated and engaged with the garden.
Sustainable Project Award (Secondary / College) – St Francis Xavier's College have received the Project Award for their project 'Mission Compostable.
The Senior Science students identified composting as an area in the school which could be targeted as part of working towards sustainability. Their efforts at becoming compost experts has resulted in compost collection being trialled at the school.
School of the Year Award – Merici College
In addition to collecting recycling and organic matter at Merici College there is a ‘flick-the switch’ campaign and class monitors to manage energy use and monitoring of the school’s new solar array.
Sustainable Leadership Award (Primary) - Rebecca Price from Brindabella Christian College
Sustainable Leadership Award (Primary) - Aaron Fox from Sacred Heart Primary School
Sustainable Leadership Award (Secondary) - Juliette Straughair from St Clare's College
Sustainable Leadership Award (Secondary) - Fiona Buining from Merici College
Sustainable Leadership Team Award (Primary) - Bonython Primary Sustainability Student Leadership Team
Sustainable Leadership Team Award (Secondary) - Dickson College SWAG (Sustainability and Waste Action Group)
Sustainable Project Award (Primary) - Fadden Primary School's Upcycling Passion Projects
Sustainable Project Award (Secondary) - UC Lake Ginninderra College's Recycling Project
Sustainable School of the Year – Hawker College
Award Winners 2018
Award winners from the 2018 Actsmart Schools Sustainability Awards:
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