GardenDrumEduGrow School Garden Award Winners, East Arnhem

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The EduGrow School Garden Award Winners, East Arnhem, Northern Territory were announced at the EduGrow Awards Ceremony at Yirrkala School in late November. Over 100 excited students, teachers and community members came together to celebrate their school achievements to grow good food, good learning and good times!

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Students and staff from Yirrkala School, Yirrkala Homeland Schools and Gapuwiyak Secondary School and other attendees who attended the EduGrow Awards Ceremony

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Shepherdson College, Galiwin’ku – $2000

FIRST PRIZE WINNERS in each of the four categories – $500. (Schools of different sizes, with an established food garden or starting one in 2013). First, second and third prizes were awarded in each category:

– Raymangirr Homelands School
– Shepherdson College
– Lamiwuy School, Biranybirany Homelands
– Gapuwiyak Seconday School

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Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup, CEO JLF, Jackie Fatnowna, Teacher, Gapuwiyak Secondary School, Gapuwiyak Secondary School Students, Glen Duncan Jimmy Little Foundation Thumbs Up!, and Thomas Guyula, Assistant Teacher Secondary, Gapuwiyak School, visit the Strong Men’s Garden in Yirrkala after the EduGrow Awards ceremony

The EduGrow Awards are managed by the Remote Indigenous Gardens Network on behalf of EduGrow’s valued Sponsors and Supporters.

Lynne Walker, MP, Nhulunbuy, announced the winners in each of the Awards four categories. The Awards were presented to each school by Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup, CEO, Jimmy Little Foundation (JLF). The Jimmy Little Foundation was the Major Sponsor of the Awards and conducts the much loved Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! program promoting good nutrition and healthy lifestyle to Indigenous students across Australia.

Graham (Buzz) and JLF community projects officer Glen Duncan were very impressed by the high quality of the gardens and commended all eight schools who participated for the great work they have put in.

“Fresh vegetables are vital to everyone’s diet and good health – a big thumbs up to all of the winners and this fantastic initiative from RIG Network that JLF and Thumbs Up! have supported since its inception” Graham said.

EduGrowThe EduGrow School Garden Awards support and encourage students, teachers and schools to create school food gardens and learning activities for students who enjoy learning outdoors, through engaging, fun activities that can be readily integrated with the curriculum.

“We’re thrilled that so many schools from across East Arnhem have participated in the Awards. Every participating school was a winner and the entries demonstrably showcase the incredible work that teachers and students at community and homelands schools are doing” Anthea Fawcett, Manager of the Awards said.

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