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Forums offer first bite at NAB Schools First info

March 07 2012

Forums offer first bite at NAB Schools First info

Award winners ... August Stevens from the Department of Communities, Cooktown State School deputy principal Debra Taylor and Michael Drahm from Cape York Health Service District at last year's NAB Schools First Awards. Photo: Stu Riley

Schools in Queensland are being encouraged to attend a 2012 NAB Schools First Application Forum to find out how they can share in more than $3 million in awards funding.

Three forums will be held in Brisbane, Broadbeach and Bundaberg from March 20-22.

Forums are designed to bring like-minded schools, community organisations and businesses together to better understand the NAB Schools First program, the award applications, award criteria, judges' insights and application key dates.

NAB Schools First is a national awards program that recognises and rewards outstanding school-community partnerships.

The program is a partnership between NAB, the Foundation for Young Australians and the Australian Council for Educational Research. It is based on research that shows student outcomes can be improved when schools work in partnership with local community organisations and businesses.

In 2012, NAB Schools First will reward more partnerships than ever before, with 130 awards available; 15 more than 2011. These 130 partnerships will share in $3.05  million in awards funding.

Now in its fourth year, 26 per cent of Australian schools have applied for a NAB Schools First Award.

Over the next month, the NAB Schools First team will travel across the country hosting 20 application forums.

Head of NAB Schools First, Rebecca Sherwill, says the Queensland NAB Schools First Application Forums are a great way to learn more about the NAB Schools First Awards program.

'The NAB Schools First Application Forums are a not-to-be-missed opportunity for locals keen to see how their schools and community could benefit,' she said.

Across Australia, 310 school-community partnerships have already benefited from NAB Schools First funding.

NAB Schools First 2012 applications opened on 5 March.

Cooktown a 2011 winner