Huntly Primary School has received a Victorian Education Excellence Award for their "Partnerships with Families and Community". Their innovative Sustainability program and outstanding relationship with the Northern Bendigo Landcare Group, NCCMA's Waterwatch program, Department of Education's Koorie facilitator and the local indigenous community has been recognised with this prestigious award.
Huntly Primary School's submission "Kids Caring For Country and Culture", put simply is . . . . .
an exciting partnership between the school community, the local Aboriginal people, Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) and Northern Bendigo Landcare Group.
Together, we have a shared vision to foster and support exciting and vibrant hands-on projects to encourage respect for indigenous culture, community and the local environment.
Fifteen per cent of our 190 students are of Aboriginal origin and as a result of this project, we have seen an increase in engagement, well-being and pride in culture. In addition, there has been an increase in respect and understanding of Aboriginal culture. We have successfully intertwined environmental education and restoration with a program that encourages cross-cultural understanding and respect. These two factors have worked well together as the Aboriginal community have a strong ethic for “caring for country”.
The Northern Bendigo Landcare group values our ongoing relationship with Huntly Primary School. We congratulate them on their success and look forward to many more rewarding collaborations in the future.