Students from Murwillumbah were at NSW Parliament House last week to receive a very special award.
Murwillumbah Public School captains Ruby Alexander and Kohen O’Neill were presented with a highly commended award at a Parliament House ceremony last week as part of the Resilient Australia Awards.
The Ruby and Kohen along with staff travelled to Sydney for the special occasion.
The Resilient Australia Awards is a national program celebrating sustainable initiatives, improving preparedness and resilience using a whole of community approach.
The school was chosen for the award following their response to ex-tropical cyclone Debbie in 2017 – created by teachers, the Floodwatch Project to address education outcomes and increase student resilience.
Staff recognised the Tweed Valley is frequently inundated by floods and the project aims to increase student awareness and learning about flooding.
By partnering with the NSW State Emergency Service and drawing on their expertise, the stage three students were able to use technology to create mockup apps, websites and 3D models to develop solutions for their local flood risk.
Through the process students have developed a greater understanding about floods and preparation and have shared this knowledge with the wider community.
Principal Les Daley, praised the efforts of staff and stage three students for their enthusiasm and dedication displayed towards this project.