NAB Schools First Program.

NAB Quirindi’s Branch Manager Kylie Turner is very excited about the NAB Schools First Program and the benefits it could bring to the local community. Now in its fifth year, NAB Schools First is an awards program open to all Australian schools both primary and secondary. NAB Schools First recognises and rewards outstanding school- community partnerships which are having a positive impact on students beyond the classroom. A school- community partnership involves schools actively working together with local business, industry and the wider community.
It is an inclusive awards program which supports schools of varying shapes and sizes in metropolitan, regional and remote areas across the public, catholic and independent sectors.
Winners receive award money to support their partnership and recognise their school’s commitment to growing school- community partnerships. Since 2009, NAB Schools First has awarded A$18,000,000 to 440 schools for their work in building school-community partnerships. There are three award categories for this year’s NAB School First Awards: Impact, Seed and Student.
The Impact Award recognises and rewards outstanding school-community partnerships. 25 Impact Awards of A$30,000 will be awarded to school-community partnerships that have been operating for enough time to be able to demonstrate improved student outcomes.
The Seed Funding Award recognises and rewards schools that are either in the process of setting up a school- community partnership or in the early stages of development, but not yet able to show impact. 55 Seed Funding Awards of A$15,000 will be awarded to schools to enable these partnerships to develop further.
The Student Award recognises and rewards students’ ideas for creating partnerships with their local communities. Ten winners will receive an Apple iPad and their school will receive A$5,000 in award money to get their partnership idea off the ground.
Past winning partnerships include a primary school working with a local chess club to improve student maths grades; neighbourhood health services offering health checks to school teens; and linking with a local business to develop senior student career pathways.
Kylie Turner is encouraging local schools, businesses and industry to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to secure funding for projects that will create long lasting partnerships with the local community whereby future generations can benefit. If you or your business, industry or school is interested in any more information about this program you can visit the website and request an information pack or contact Kylie Turner at the NAB Quirindi Branch on 6741 2400 for more information. Applications close June 28, 2013.

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