12 April 2012
St.George Foundation helps build a secure future for disadvantaged children. Since 1990, we have invested more than $18 million to improve the lives of Aussie kids who are physically, socially or economically disadvantaged. We do so by partnering with small community organisations who are truly close to the families they help. We call this helping the little guys.
In partnering with SchoolAid in 2012, we stepped slightly outside our norm of supporting small community organisations who work directly with disadvantaged children in Australia. However the idea of helping Aussie kids to care for and help other kids in need so delighted us that we choose to add yet another meaning to helping the little guys!
SchoolAid thanks St. George Foundation for its incredible support, and stay tuned for a suite of education resources in 2012!
27 February 2012
Skwirk currently has thousands of parents joining their children
up to Skwirk nationwide to help improve grades and make learning
fun. Together with SCHOOLAID, Skwirk offers 15% off off a 12
month subscription, and will give back to SCHOOLAID to support our
work with students and schools!
How can you get this discount? Easy:
Step 1: Go to https://www.skwirk.com/Skwirk2/Subscription/Subscribe
Step 2: Type in the discount code schoolaid.
Step 3: Fill in the rest of you and your childs details. Click submit and you will receive 15% off (only for the 12 month option)
Step 4: SCHOOLAID will receive $25 every time a new member joins Skwirk!
Everyone wins! Hurry though, this code will only be valid until the end of May 2012.
4 October 2011
24 August 2011
The winner in this amazing competition will be announced 1 December 2011, thanks to SchoolAid's newest partner, DealsDirect. Don't delay - enter the Kids Helping Kids Awards! Click here to be taken to the AWARDS section for more information!
*Has your school participated in "Maroon for a Day", SchoolAid Floods Appeal, Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, Japan Disaster Appeal, or any of our pro-active appeals in the last year? Enter your fundraising project in the Kids Helping Kids Awards, or join any of our current appeals and campaigns, and your school will be in the running to win this fabulous DealsDirect voucher!
SchoolAid has begun a fabulous new friendship with our favourite online shopping site, DealsDirect Group. Proudly Australian, DealsDirect will sponsor our celebrity Ambassador visits to our six Award winning schools this year! Plus, DealsDirect are also throwing in $300 vouchers for ALL AWARDS FINALISTS in 2011! Time to get those entries in!
The DealsDirect Group is a market leader in online retail in Australia. It currently has three popular online assets - DealsDirect.com.au, DealMe.com.au and SuperMarketDeals.com.au with more adjacent brands being launched soon.
4 August 2011
"The reason we are here today is very simple, that is to reinforce the global appeal to the governments and the peoples of the world to act now to deal with this food crisis, this famine, in the Horn of Africa.
If we act together now, we as the world community can save hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of lives. If we fail to act now, then we are going to stand by and see hundreds of thousands of people die, mostly children.
It is also, an avoidable catastrophe if we act now. We in Australia are putting our shoulder to the wheel, we are now one of the world's top five funders of this operation and we stand ready to do more. The challenge we have now, is to act as an international community.
This food crisis, this famine in Africa, is a direct appeal from the children of Africa to the conscience of the world. It is no more complex than that.
And if this appeal does not move the hearts of the world, I do not know what does."
15 June 2011
For inspiration, please check out our INDIGENOUS LITERACY PROJECT PAGE.
SchoolAid's Indigenous Literacy Campaign is proudly supported by the Telstra Foundation and mecu.
And it's so simple to get involved! Just 3 Easy steps:
1. Ask students to bring in their favourite book and each child then has a turn at reading it to the class (could be over a whole week). The students bring in their gold coin with their book. Remember, this donation directly supports the work of ALNF and allows them to continue their valuable work in remote indigenous communities!
2. Have your class vote for their favourite story or reference book (a great collaborate and consensus building exercise!)Once the students have chosen the one book they would like to donate, download our bookplate and send a personal message from your class to the recipient in a remote indigenous community
3. Contact us at Schoolaid via email email@example.com so we can organise the collection of your book and donation, and organise for its delivery!
For inspiration, please check out our INDIGENOUS LITERACY PROJECT PAGE.
SCHOOLAID HAS ALREADY WITNESSED THE GENEROSITY OF AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS AGAIN FIRSTHAND SO FAR IN 2011, WITH HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS SUPPORTING OUR FLOODS RELIEF APPEAL. NOW ITS TIME TO STAND UP FOR OUR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN REMOTE LOCATIONS, AND SHARE-A-BOOK WITH THEM!
24 May 2011
For students that want to make a real difference in their school community - this is their chance to have their vision realised.
The Student Award will give young people the chance to put forward their ideas for school-community partnerships and connect with mentors and like-minded students.
Students have only a few days left to submit their applications for the NAB Schools First Student Award with applications closing at 5.00pm (AEST) this Friday, 27 May 2011.
The award gives students an opportunity to implement their own school-community partnership idea. There are five (5) awards up for grabs, with each award including $2,000 to help implement the school-community partnership idea, mentoring opportunities, support from the NAB Schools First team and an Apple iPad for the student.
*The Student Award is open to primary and secondary students from all across Australia.
*Students must have the support of a teacher and/or Principal before submitting an application.
*Up to two students can jointly submit an application.
17 May 2011
SchoolAid is proud to welcome back Cartoon Network for their second year of support for the 'Kids Helping Kids Awards' - entries open 9 May!
Download your very own Kids Helping Kids Award / Cartoon Network poster - display them in your staff room and around the school to get everyone excited about getting involved!
Cartoon Network is the home of everyone's favourite toons. Showcasing the best in animated and live-action content, we seriously animate kids' lives!
Want action and adventure? Check out the smash hit TV series' Ben 10, Ben 10 Alien Force, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien and the all-new Generator Rex.
Wanna laugh your socks off? Sit back and chillax with Adventure Time, Garfield and everyone's favourite mystery-solving pup Scooby Doo.
10 May 2011
"The Australian Centre for Child and Youth: Culture and Wellbeing, at UTS' Kuring-gai campus, is an innovative, interdisciplinary, 21st century centre integrating technology, research, teaching and practice in fields pertaining to the culture and wellbeing of children and youth. The Centre for Child and Youth: Culture and Wellbeing has a diverse and high profile Advisory Board, and a growing list of partners and collaborations. Experts, both field practitioners and academics from across all disciplines, are working with industry and a range of research friends on projects designed to have strong and sustainable practical outcomes. The Centre has staff with expertise in areas including: literacy; school education; indigenous education; children's literature and culture; healthy lifestyles for sports participation; children's health; curricula, including the National Curriculum; drugs and alcohol abuse; parenting practices; child and family law; play and playground spaces; adolescents' online/digital/mobile cultures.
SchoolAid is very grateful to Founding director Professor Rosemary Johnston, her staff, and the Dean of the Faculty of Education for their hospitality, and for providing our organisation with office space within the Australian Centre for Child and Youth. Professor Johnston is currently establishing and leading the Centre's interdisciplinary project, Literate Australia, which is also an umbrella project for a number of cell projects which will have specific outcomes relating to the education, culture and wellbeing of children and youth. Professor Rosemary Johnston is also a Judge for SchoolAid's Kids Helping Kids Awards."
20 April 2011
We talked about the affects of the floods and cyclone on Queensland schools, and came with the good news that SchoolAid's 'Floods Relief Appeal' has so far raised over $820,000 for kids in need. It was a chance to celebrate again about the collaboration between SchoolAid and the NSW and QLD DETs, and grab a photo with the cheque, which will be directed to support Queensland State Schools impacted by the floods. Amazing effort by Aussie schools! Well done!
28 March 2011
Kids Helping Kids Awards 2011 Partner STAEDTLER launches their 4th annual 'World Kids Colouring Day'! Entitled, "Our earth - our universe" World Kids Colouring Day is a global event initiated by STAEDTLER, and in Australia, the World Kids Colouring Day supports Save the Children programs. Kids are again invited to participate in this colouring campaign and, at the same time, raise money to help disadvantaged children all around the nation.
Even better, you can now enter your 'World Kids Colouring Day' project into the 'STAEDTLER CREATIVE KIDS' category in the 2011 KIDS HELPING KIDS AWARDS! Check out all the details here.
Visit the website for teaching materials and other useful resources to help you prepare lessons, set up a colouring day at school, organise art exhibitions and more.
Register now to organise colouring events at your school. You'll also receive a free supporter pack (register by 29th April) with STAEDTLER coloured pencils and information, and to go in the draw for great prizes for your school.
15 March 2011
Endorsing the work of SchoolAid in Australian Schools, the Prime Minister said
"One of the important messages from these tragedies is that all of us can make a difference - whether by volunteering, making a donation or just remembering the victims and survivors in our hearts. I commend the work of SchoolAid in helping Australian school communities show their care and concern for their fellow students affected by the recent natural disasters.
We have all witnessed extraordinary destruction and loss over the last few months with the floods and cyclone in Australia, the devastating earthquake in neighbouring New Zealand last month and now the horrific earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan."
9 March 2011
March 18 has also been declared a National Day of Mourning. Here in Australia, let's show our support for our neighbours in New Zealand Schools. We encourage all schools to hold one minute's silence at 10.51am AEDST (the time the quake hit Christchurch), lower your school flag to half mast and ask students to bring in a gold coin donation towards the Christchurch Quake Appeal. We are thinking of all the schools in the Christchurch area and surrounding region who have been affected by this tragedy. Aussie schools - please unite in a show of HOPE and SUPPORT!
7 March 2011
22 February 2011
18 January 2011
11 January 2011
Devastating floods are ravaging Queensland- destroying hundreds of homes and schools and affecting hundreds of thousands of people. We need YOUR support! Together we raised almost a million dollars for VIC in 2009- let's do it again for QLD!
20 December 2010
10 November 2010
Kids Helping Kids Awards Partner Microsoft Australia have just announced the winners of their 2010 Worldwide Innovative Teachers Awards, acknowledging and rewarding visionary teachers who have introduced innovative technologies into their classrooms.
SchoolAid has built a strong partnership with Microsoft through its Partners in Learning (PiL) Initiative. Partners in Learning helps schools and teachers to more effectively use technology to advance teaching and learning, provides leadership and change management to school leaders and works to strengthen the foundational skills students will take forward into every next stage of their lives.
Since its inception in 1993, Partners in Learning has furthered the interests of more than 177 million students and over 7 million teachers and policymakers in 112 countries, with a total worldwide investment of US $500 million.
In Australia, Microsoft have already reached over 121,000 students, teachers and leaders and will invest $15 million in cash and resources by 2013.
1 November 2010
Following an incredible response from schools right across Australia, and considerable deliberation from our esteemed Judging Panel, SchoolAid is delighted to announce the winners in the inaugural KIDS HELPING KIDS AWARDS!
Outstanding Individual Teacher - Sorell Public School (TAS)
Best Local Project- Greenlands Primary School (QLD)
winner, with all participating schools appearing on our 'Awards Honour
Roll' and receiving a certificate for
their participation in the Awards.
Congratulating our winning schools, SchoolAid's Founder and Awards Judge Sean Gordon said:
"I was looking forward to reading over the entries in our inaugural KHKA and have over two decades of school experience to draw on in terms of what kids and great teachers are capable of doing so, it was a surprise to find myself so moved by the amazing things I read about as we worked to select just one winner in the Most Outstanding Teacher category. I was reminded of the outstanding gift these people are to their school communities and humbled by the selfless and thoughtful way they went about showing their students what contribution really means in such tangible ways. This work is repeated creatively and generously in schools the nation over yet the role is not one to be found on any duty statement. This "work" is not measured for reporting to parents or authorities, but this is the stuff of education (as opposed to schooling), it enriches all and contributes to a particular school culture and of course it makes a difference in the lives of the children involved. I wish we could give every nominee the recognition they so richly deserve."
Thoughout November and December, our winning schools will receive personal visits from our celebrity Ambassadors:
Andrew Daddo, Anne Sargeant, Sara Haghdoosti, Steve Crombie, Stone Parade, David Wirrpanda and Cartoon Network's Ben 10 and his inflatable obstacle course. Ambassadors will meet the students and teachers, spend time with the kids and personally deliver their amazing cash, technology and entertainment prizes!
SchoolAid would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful Awards partners, including the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation who is our primary partner in the Kids Helping Kids Awards. Microsoft through its 'Partners in Learning' initiative has partnered with SchoolAid for the Awards and donated amazing technology prizes for our winning schools. Cartoon Network's partnership has provided both promotion for the Awards to their audience of young Aussies, and amazing entertainment prizes for the winner of the 'Cartoon Network Hero Award'.
15 October 2010
After receiving over 160 amazing entries from schools right around the nation, and much deliberation from our esteemed panel of judges, SchoolAid is delighted to announce the FINALISTS in the KIDS HELPING KIDS AWARDS! Check out the prizes these schools stand to win! But, more importantly, well-earned accolades for philanthropy and empathy in action in our Aussie schools!
Don't forget, both the 'Cartoon Network Hero Award' online voting category, and the 'Jetstar Best of the Best' overall winner, will also be announced on MONDAY, 1 NOVEMBER!
The Cartoon Network Hero Award online voting category is open until 5pm, 20 October 2010.
Spread the word amongst your local community and encourage votes for your favourite school fundraising project:
This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase philanthropy in your school, so start spreading the word through your community wherever possible, and encourage your students to vote!
17 September 2010
Kids at Drummoyne Public School were treated to storytime with award-winning children's author, Libby Hathorn, as VIPs and celebrities from all walks of Australian life joined together to address the crisis of Indigenous literacy.
Senator Ursula Stephens, Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, Dr Jackie Huggins AM from the Telstra Foundation and ALNF Ambassador, Faustina 'Fuzzy' Agolley from Video Hits were joined by representatives from SchoolAid and ALNF to launch this important campaign.
17 August 2010
In an Australian first, SchoolAid and Australian low fares airline JETSTAR have joined forces to collaborate on the inaugural KIDS HELPING KIDS AWARDS, established to recognise and reward schools-based philanthropy.
Jetstar General Manager Marketing and PR, David May said SchoolAid was a terrific way to align Jetstar's already established World Vision 'StarKids' program with SchoolAid's work to benefit children in the disadvantaged Asian communities they service.
"Jetstar is very proud to partner with SchoolAid in this unique Awards program, fostering positive change in school communities both here and abroad," Mr May said. "We see our alignment with SchoolAid as an extension of our commitment to our World Vision StarKids partnership that helps children to enjoy a brighter future in the Asian destinations we fly to. It's a great way to highlight the needs of children in these areas of the world who need our help and encourage Australian kids to lend their support."
"We're certain that through specific SchoolAid projects and our support of the Kids Helping Helping Kids Awards, we'll be able to significantly benefit these StarKids communities for many years to come."
13 August 2010
AND.... check out some inspiring videos made especially for you by some of our fabulous SchoolAid Ambassadors!
- Steve Crombie
- Anne Sargeant
- Andrew Daddo
- Stone Parade
- Sara Haghdoosti
2 August 2010
"I am pleased to extend my support to the SchoolAid 2010 Kids Helping Kids Awards. SchoolAid is an exceptional organisation that encourages and supports teachers, principals, students and whole school communities to unite and raise money for children that are in a less fortunate situation. Sadly, there are children that live in very difficult circumstances and many families struggle to meet the demands of everyday life. It is important for us to recognise this and extend a helping hand.
The Kids Helping Kids Awards scheme is a fitting way to acknowledge the hard work, generosity and compassion that has been extended by school communities to those in need. It is typical of the Australian spirit to donate time, effort and money and lend a hand when times are tough. SchoolAid facilitates the generosity of school communities and helps put their fundraising ideas into action.
There are a myriad of benefits that come with being involved in a fundraising activity; it connects communities, promotes social activity, broadens our understanding of our diverse society, enables our compassion to be put into action and most importantly benefits children in need. I encourage all schools to get involved, be proud of your achievements and celebrate the generosity of Australians for those in need."
~ Prime Minister Julia Gillard MP
5 May 2010
(kindly produced by our partners, Cartoon Network)
1 April 2010
A huge thank you to Drummoyne Public School for having us to visit yesterday. We had the pleasure of meeting their Principal, SRC Co-ordinator (and teacher) as well as 10 enthusiastic and passionate boys and girls from years 2 to 7.
Drummoyne Public School believes in building a firm values education amongst its students, and has participated in SchoolAid's Burma, China, Victorian Bushfires and Haiti Emergency Appeals.
WHAT A STAR SCHOOL! Thank you for your support of SchoolAid!
24 February 2010
14 January 2010
Click here for more information on how you can get involved and make a difference in these children's lives.
1 October 2009
Click here for more information on this appeal, and details on how you can get involved.
30 June 2009
Click here for more information on this appeal, and details on how you can get involved.
1 April 2009
The SchoolAid Quarter 1 Newsletter for 2009 has been released. Please click here to download.
9 February 2009
SchoolAid launches Victorian Bushfires Emergency Appeal in response to the bushfires ravaging Victoria. Please go to the Victorian Bushfires Emergency Appeal page for more information.
3 December 2008
Click here to download our SchoolAid Year in Review.
1 November 2008
For newspaper clippings, stories and media coverage, check out our School Aid in the News page!
1 October 2008
The 2GB SchoolAid Angels campaign was a success! Students were given a voice on the issues of bullying and violence. Students submitted radio scripts on the subject for a chance to record their scripts live in 2GB studios!
View winners and information here.
3 June 2008
Thank you to the many schools who have already supported our Burma Emergency Appeal, following the devastation of Cyclone Nargis. We have been amazed by your brilliant fundraising and heart-felt messages of hope.
Funds raised by Australian schools through the Appeal will be directed toward the purchase of specially designed school kits, containing exercise books, pens, pencils and other materials. These are necessary to allow education to restart in one of the hardest hit regions, the Eastern Irrawaddy Delta, where up to 100,000 children were severely affected by the cyclone. As well as raising funds for these kits, Australian schools can continue to send messages of condolence and solidarity.
While normal schooling is still a distant reality for many kids in Burma, establishing temporary schooling as quickly as possible will help these kids regain a sense of normalcy and cope with the tragedy they have experienced.
SchoolAid has formed a partnership with internationally respected development agency, Save the Children, and can guarantee that the school kits and messages, will reach the cyclone-affected children. Save the Children has been working in Burma for 13 years and responded on the ground with 500 staff, immediately after Cyclone Nargis struck. Save the Children is a lead organisation in rebuilding education in post disaster situations and will also ensure that the school kits are used by Burmese students.
12 May 2008
SchoolAid launches Messages of Hope initiative in response to both the China earthquake and the Burma cyclone. Many schools around Australia respond by sending in messages of condolence, solidarity and support to victims of both these disasters. Read some of the Messages of Hope here.