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Paint the Inner West REaD

The program engages children and the community in a uniquely fun way to ensure children develop a strong foundation in oral language and early literacy development. Starting with an egg, the community must help the egg grow and hatch by singing, dancing, talking, drawing and reading to it daily.

The egg travels to preschools, child care centres, playgroups and libraries and over the weeks the egg grows as it’s nurtured by the community. Since 2015, the program has connected more than 3500 children and families to positively engage children’s early literacy skills.


Kerry Gifford

Data, Operations and Community Team Leader, Wirreanda Secondary School

Establishing a community garden at Wirreanda Secondary School has allowed Kerry to nurture a greater connection between students, families and local charities. With the aim of providing a caring and inclusive environment for students to participate in external learning, the garden has had a significant impact across all year levels while also encouraging them to make healthy, sustainable lifestyle choices through the school’s Eat Right approach.

For some students, the garden has also provided the chance to cook its produce for their Street Food project which is then sold weekly to the broader school community. Others have produced plant-based meals which have been delivered to young homeless people in partnership with Ladder and Forage Supply Co. A Wirreanda graduate has also been employed as a trainee horticulturist who is now supporting the school’s disability unit and special class students to care for the garden’s upkeep.

Mount Gambier High School Music Program

Mount Gambier High School

Mount Gambier High School’s music program hit a high note in 2018 after undergoing significant transformation. After establishing a Combined Schools Band and Extended Vocal Group, new relationships were fostered with schools within the Blue Lake Partnership and the James Morrison Academy – the latter offering a successful 2-way mentor relationship between students.

This has improved the range of music options for students and increased their involvement in extra-curricular activities and ensured greater retention within the music program. The standard of performance has also been raised to competitions level, with the school taking part in this year’s Generations in Jazz international competition for the first time.


Public Education Awards

Phone: 8226 2339
Emailpubliceducationawards [at] sa.gov.au