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Primary Industries Partnerships in Schools

Calling for School and Primary Industry Themed Partnerships

Do you have an established partnership based around food and fibre at your school?

Do you wish to explore with other like-minded schools how you may sustain or expand your partnership?

Would you like to help other schools establish a primary industry partnership?

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) in partnership with the Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEF) are pleased to announce the Primary Industries Partnerships in Schools (PIPS) project.

Building upon the success of Tyrrell College as the 2012 national winner of the NAB Schools First Awards this project will identify successful primary industry themed partnerships between schools and agribusiness that support student learning across all areas of the curriculum with a food and fibre context.

PIEF is calling for schools with established and successful partnerships to complete a short Expression of Interest to attend the forum. The project will select one school from each state and territory and two key people from each partnership (for example one school and one agribusiness partner representative) to fly to Canberra to share their successes and challenges at a two-day forum. The project will cover all travel costs of attendees and teacher release, if applicable.

The outcomes of the forum include:

  • Identify factors of success in school and business partnerships
  • Explore ways to expand and sustain existing partnerships
  • Develop the nucleus of an online, multi media toolkit to assist schools to establish new partnerships or to expand existing partnerships.

Schools that are unsuccessful in gaining a place at the forum can still be involved in a number of other ways including the trialling of the online toolkit, participation in a Twitter conversation held during the two-day forum, the submission of topics for the toolkit via email and attendance at state-based meetings after the forum.

You can download an Expression of Interest as a word file, or email pips@primaryindustrieseducation.com.au for further information. Applications close on 22 August 2012.

For more information on this initiative read the Government's media release here.