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Nurture with Nutrition
Seniors work on a roster system to cook and
provide breakfast and lunch for students
who might otherwise not eat that day.
Seniors Week Celebration
This is the chance for students to give back
to the seniors by planning and managing a
week of celebratory activity. All preparation
is undertaken by students.
Enjoy Success Together
Students invite the volunteers to their g rad-
uation cere mony, so that all stages of the
journey are shared and celebrated together.
Over the four years since its inception,
the part nership has delivered rema rkable
❙ 100 per cent of Toowoomba Flexi School
students have a Senior Education and
❙ 98 per cent have successfully participated
in work experience
❙ 95 per cent of previously disengaged
students have found motivation to re-
❙ 90 per cent increase in attendance rates
from one day per week to every day
❙ 40 per cent of smokers have now quit
❙ 32 per cent have a school-based trainee-
ship, a nd
❙ students are mentally and physically
healthier, as evidenced through a decrease
in sick leave.
The ACER judges believe the very best
part nership applications not only demon-
strate excellent student outcomes, but show
the capacity to positively impact all those
involved and touched by the partnership.
The application submitted by Centenary
Heights State High School – Toowoomba
Flexi School not only delivered evidence of
the partnership’s positive impact on stu-
dents, but took care to detail the affirmative
influence it also had on TOMNET members
and the school as a whole.
Like its 2009 predecessor – Canberra
College, which won for its part nership with
local health networks to assist and support
pregnant and parenting teenagers – the 2010
winning partnership also demonstrated the
capacity to become a nationalised model,
which would assist a far greater number of
students around the country.
Following its remarkable success, the
winning part nership has now established
a steering group committee that will be
responsible for allocating funds and encour-
aging ongoing sustainability. One of its first
steps has been the purchase of a community
bus, which will be used to transport elderly
members a nd students.
The school’s pri ncipal, Maryanne Walsh,
encourages all teachers and community
members to consider applying for a share
in this year’s $5 million NAB Schools First
‘It’s not just the financial windfall that
is provided through this awards program.
The total flexibility for the school to man-
age the funding of allocations is empower-
ing and refreshing at the same time,’ says
Walsh. ‘ The assistance and professional
advice extended to us by the NAB Schools
First team and their influential network has
also been re ma rkable – we feel inc redibly
supported in my riad ways.
‘Yet perhaps the most unexpected reward
has been the recognition and third-party
celebration of what we are doing. To have
outsiders come in a nd provide encou rage-
ment and national recognition has not only
genuinely put us on the radar, but it has vali-
dated what we are doing and why.’
NAB Schools First Award categories
NAB Schools First will provide this recogni-
tion and validation to 110 schools around
Australia in 2011. Funding will be allocated
via three strea ms.
Local Impact Awards
Valued at $50,000, these awards are for
school-com munity part nerships that can
demonstrate improved student outcomes
as a result of their partnership. All Local
Teachers, students and
are encouraged to apply
for a share in this year’s
$5 million of awards.
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