The following criteria will be used to judge all entries into the Awards (with the exception on the HMA Journalist Award) and must be addressed in your presentation.
Award Categories with Vouchers Prizes
Criteria 1-4 are on your school as a whole. Criteria 5-7 are on your specific Award category.
Voucher Category Award entry template This template is a tool to assist you but is not mandatory to use should you want to submit entries another way.
Awards Categories with Product Prizes
Criteria 1-7 are on your school as a whole. You have two additional criteria to answer 8 & 9.
Product Category Award entry template This template is a tool to assist you but is not mandatory to use should you want to submit entries another way.
Award Presentation Criteria
1) School introduction (5 points)
Tell us about your school.
May include: school type, location, number of students, vision and mission, attributes and achievements.
2) General appearance and ground facilities (10 points)
Provide an overview of what your school looks like. You may provide photos of your main features and/or perhaps list others.
This may include: Main school building/s, play grounds/equipment, sporting grounds/halls, fitness tracks, amphitheatre, gardens and plants, etc.
3) Special school yard/garden features (15 points)
What special features does your school yard/garden have?
May include: Other gardens not in this category, outdoor classroom/kitchen, hot house, shade house, compose bays, worm farms, aquaponics, water tanks, water saving devices, animal husbandry, wildlife corners, environmentally friendly features eg. insect or animal friendly, indoor plants, students art displays, etc.
4) New Garden/Ground developments (10 points)
What new or future plans does your school have for your grounds?
This may include: Yard/garden projects, new plantings, garden purchases, butterfly gardens, bug hotels, you may include designs that you have worked on with your students, etc. (you may include designs that you have worked on with your students)
5) Use of the garden (25 points)
In what ways does your school, teachers and/or community use the garden?
This may include: Educational resource to enrich curriculum, outdoor classroom, area for play/recreation, space to encourage development of health and wellbeing, external or special interest groups using garden, teaching other about gardening/sustainability, etc.
6) Student involvement (2o points)
How have your students been involved in the development of the garden?
This may include: Planning/design, development/building, maintenance/up keep, etc
To what extent do your students use the garden?
This may include: provision for part/whole school involvement, specific levels/classes, garden clubs, recess or lunch groups, special student groups, etc.
7) Parental, Volunteer and Community Involvement (10 points)
How are parents, volunteers and your local community involved in the garden?
This may include: Working bees, classroom/garden helpers, involvements from members from different community groups, donations from local business/councils/environmental organisations, sharing arrangements with local communities, etc.
Total Points = 90 points (see bonus points below)
Additional Product Award Presentation Criteria
The following criteria is additional questions for the Prize Awards only (Turf, Orchard and Garden Compost) and must be addressed in your presentation:
8) Where in your school would the prize be used ? (5 points)
9) How will this award change your school? (5 points)
May include: How it will change your grounds, how it will affect students/teachers, what difference will it make to grounds/school, etc.
Total Points = 100 points
Bonus points will be given to school gardens which:
- Are sustainable – designed to protect, restore and enhance the ability of the landscape for self-sufficiency (5 points)
- Demonstrate creative use of recyclable materials in a practical and/or decorative manner (5 points)