Sydney's St. Ives North Public School won the National School Award in 2017 for Project FireStorm, a holistic and integrated bushfire education program delivered in partnership with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS). With support from the NSW RFS, students devised and presented innovative solutions to enhance preparedness and resilience to bushfire in their community.
The project addressed education outcomes of the K-6 New South Wales syllabus for the Australian Curriculum, with an emphasis on geography and science. The project supported an integrated approach to teaching and learning about bushfires, using problem-based learning strategies. Project FireStorm is now used as a case study to support teachers to deliver bushfire education across New South Wales.