Disaster resilience education
Resilient Australia School Award
The Resilient Australia Awards is a nation-wide program to recognise and promote initiatives that strengthen community disaster resilience. The school category is open to all public and private pre-school, primary and secondary schools in Australia.
St. Ives North Public School, New South Wales
Sydney's St. Ives North Public School won the National School Award in 2017 for Project FireStorm, a holistic and integrated bushfire education program delivered in partnership with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS). With support from the NSW RFS, students devised and presented innovative solutions to enhance preparedness and resilience to bushfire in their community.
The project addressed education outcomes of the K-6 New South Wales syllabus for the Australian Curriculum, with an emphasis on geography and science. The project supported an integrated approach to teaching and learning about bushfires, using problem-based learning strategies. Project FireStorm is now used as a case study to support teachers to deliver bushfire education across New South Wales.
Strathewen Education Partnership-Claymation
Strathewen Primary School
Strathewen was one of many communities impacted by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. In 2016, Strathewen Primary School worked with the Arthur's Creek/Strathewen Country Fire Authority (CFA) to deliver a program related to bushfire risk, focused on helping children 'love where they live' again. Part of the CFA's broader Survive and Thrive program, the project used Claymation video to creatively engage students in learning about fire behaviour. The project educated students on the risks of living in a high fire danger area, encouraging them to think proactively about ways of reducing and managing the risk.
The education partnership was a finalist for the 2017 National School Award.