MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education)
Woodford Primary is a wonderful school just north of Warrnambool.
Its students are a mix of those living in Woodford itself, from nearby rural communities and a number travelling from Warrnambool.
The school’s website makes it clear that this school does deliver on a promise to provide ‘an expansive learning experience’ during their time there, and notes that Woodford students are well known in the area for their community involvement, and more.
The students’ connection with community must have played a key part in a great achievement—winning the 2020 Alicia Katz Award, in the Parliament Prize, for the most inspiring contribution from a school.
Just one winner from nearly 60 entries was chosen, and the judges noted the students’ very strong commitment to highlighting the important issues in their local area.
There were many, ranging from social problems, important environmental issues, the need for better recreational facilities, to some very practical ideas to improve life in Woodford and Warrnambool.
I’m so pleased for these students, and I congratulate them on a fantastic effort.
A big shout-out to the teachers who helped them, not just this year but prior. I know that it takes many teachers over several years to produce a great student effort like this.
COVID-19 prevents presentation of the $1000 prize in a ceremony here in Parliament House, but I look forward to meeting the students if they make a trip up when it’s safe to do so.
Congratulations to all the 113 students across Western Victoria who took part in four categories of the Parliament Prize, from year 5 to year 12.