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
Questions 1-4 are on your school as a whole. Questions 5-7 are on your specific Award category.
Awards Catergories with Product Prizes
Questions 1-7 are on your school as a whole. You have two additional questions to answer 8 & 9.
Award Presentation Criteria
1) School introduction (5 points)
May include: school type, location, number of students, vision and mission, attributes and achievements.
2) General appearance and ground facilities (10 points)
May include: Tidiness of grounds, places for active and passive creation/play, play equipment, seating, garden beds, gardens, grassed areas, general maintenance of grounds and sustainable use of resources, provision of shade ornamental trees, provision for water, etc.
3) Special features (15 points)
May include: Other gardens, outdoor classroom/kitchen, hot house or shade house, animal husbandry, water tanks, water saving devices, compose bays, worm farms, indoor plants use, memorial garden, student artwork displays – sculptures, murals, wildlife corners, arboreta, fitness track, amphitheatre, special areas for student relaxation, special features constructed for the enjoyment of students, etc.
4) New developments (10 points)
May include: Plans for new projects or evidence of new plantings, other projects undertaken, etc
5) Use of the garden (25 points)
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.
6) Student involvement (2o points)
May include: Participating in the planning/design, development/building and maintenance of the garden; students use of the garden; provision for part/whole school involvement.
7) Parental, Teacher and Community Involvement (10 points)
May include: Use of the school grounds by teachers for learning opportunities; parent or volunteer involvement with school grounds; community contribution; involvement of members from different groups in the school community; links to the school garden/grounds and/or sharing arrangements with the local community.
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)