A unique program linking Wangaratta High School students with the region’s viticulture industry has helped the school win a $10,000 science and maths award.
Education Minister Bronwyn Pike today congratulated the school for winning an inaugural Brumby Labor Government Victorian Science and Mathematics Education Excellence Award.
Ms Pike said the school’s Vine to Wine program was an innovative way to boost interest in science and help students tap into the region’s reputation for great wine.
“The Wangaratta region has a strong reputation for hospitality, gourmet food and wineries,” Ms Pike said.
“Wangaratta High School, in partnership with four vineyards, has turned this reputation into an innovative learning opportunity.
“Students have learnt about the science of vines and wines, and gained skills that were recognised at the Victorian Wine Show and Australian Schools Wine Show.
“A further partnership with a TAFE college and a professional printer allowed the students to design and print their own wine labels.
“The school was awarded a $10,000 grant at an awards ceremony at Melbourne Museum on Wednesday evening.
“The science and maths awards complement the Brumby Labor Government’s Energising Science and Mathematics Education in Victoria Strategy – which builds on Victoria’s investment in innovation, science, technology and education.”
Ms Pike said the Vine to Wine program was pioneered by teacher Andrew McLean.
“Mr McLean has indicated the $10,000 grant will be used to expand the program,” Ms Pike said.
“The student’s hard work and this wonderful partnership with industry have created a new science program that will benefit students for many years.
“These sorts of innovative partnerships will ensure Victoria remains the heart of science and innovation in Australia for generations to come.”
The Victorian Science and Mathematics Education Excellence Awards showcase the outstanding innovation and practice of teachers and students in Victorian government schools and were presented as part of National Science Week.