Friday, 16 October 2015

Applications open: 2016 Fair go, sport! schools supported-practice project

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is calling for expressions of interest from secondary schools wishing to participate in the 2016 Fair go, sport! supported-practice project.

Fair go, sport! is about creating safe and inclusive schools for same-sex attracted and gender diverse (SSAGD) students through sport and physical education.

In 2013, Reservoir High School successfully piloted Fair go, sport! After a positive evaluation by LaTrobe University, the project was expanded in 2014 and 2015 to include Castlemaine Secondary College, Keilor Downs College, Whittlesea Secondary College, Overnewton Anglican Community College, Manor Lakes College and Buckley Park College, who implemented Fair go, sport! projects in their schools through our supported-practice project.

While our online starter kit will help any school to undertake a Fair go, sport! project, successful schools in the supported-practice project will receive up to $4,000 to implement this project in their school, as well as hands-on support from the Commission.

What do you need to do?

  1. Watch our 5-minute video and read the background information to see how Fair go, sport! works and the positive impact it can have.
  2. Send us an application (no more than 750 words) showing us why you are ready. Include why your school wants to get involved (e.g. why this project will make a difference in your school); how you can show your school is ready for such a project (e.g. what you have already done, the feedback you have received and the results you have achieved); what support you have in place to ensure the project will be successful (e.g. who and how your school community will support this project); and who we can contact to discuss this application.
  3. Ask your principal to write and sign a short statement endorsing your participation in the project.
  4. Send your application to: fgsschools@veohrc.vic.gov.au by 5pm, Monday 30 October 2015.

Please note:

  • To be fair to all schools who apply, we will not be able to accept any late applications.
  • After we have received applications, we will select a short list of schools for interview.
  • We will notify schools about this shortlist by close of business on the 13 November. If short-listed, you will need to be available for interview (approximately 60 minutes) on one of the following dates: 23, 24 or 25 November 2015.
  • After the interviews we will select up to three schools, then organise a meeting before the end of Term 4 to discuss setting up the 2016 project.
  • Successful schools will need to complete key start up workshops by end of Term 1, 2016.
  • All successful schools will be asked to take out membership of Safe Schools Coalition Victoria if they haven’t already done so. This will help their ongoing support of SSAGD students.

If you have any questions, please contact Genevieve Kavenagh by email at fgsschools@veohrc.vic.gov.au or on 9032 3477.