Flinders Island District High School Overwhelmed by $60,000 State Award

NAB Schools First has recently announced Flinders Island District High School as this year’s Tasmanian State Impact Award winner, receiving $60,000 in funding for its outstanding school-community partnership.

Flinders Island District High School was selected from three Impact Award winners from around Tasmania for its successful partnership with Flinders Council and Newstead College.

Situated on the remote island in Bass Strait, Flinders Island District High School has partnered with the Flinders Council to support students in transitioning to further education and employment. The partnership, brokered by Tasmanian Life Long Learning Partnership Brokers, also includes Newstead College on the mainland.

The Council and the school work together on weekly transition classes, life skills, camps and excursions. There is a close connection to Newstead College and Flinders Island students visit and take part in programs that assist in their transition. Newstead College students also visit the island. The Council provides opportunities such as city orientation, school holiday programs, leadership camps, training opportunities and school-based apprenticeships. Work placements and resource sharing have all been a result of the partner organisations working collaboratively and making joint decisions.

Flinders Island District High School will vie with other state and territory winners for the $200,000 National Impact Award, which will be announced in Melbourne on Wednesday 7th November.

NAB Schools First is a national awards program that recognises and rewards outstanding school-community partnerships. A partnership between NAB, the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), NAB Schools First is based on research that shows student outcomes can be improved when schools work in partnership with local community organisations and businesses.

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