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Values in Action Schools Project clusters

The Values in Action Schools Project (VASP) was a national project in which clusters of schools were funded to design, implement and evaluate the outcomes of high quality values education projects. All schools in Australia, through cluster arrangements, were invited to develop a project proposal and apply for grants for the Values in Action Schools Project.

The broad objective of the Values in Action Schools Project was to design and conduct quality values education projects that equip students with:

  • the knowledge, values and attitudes that enable them to be tolerant, respectful and socially inclusive members of society
  • the skills, abilities and resilience for social, emotional and physical wellbeing as confident, engaged learners.


The findings from this project provide guidance to all Australian schools on using good practice values education outcomes for the long-term benefit of the whole school community. VASP offers an opportunity for school communities to explore how the explicit teaching of values can:

  • develop student resilience and positive learning environments
  • improve learning through fostering student wellbeing
  • develop student awareness and positive behaviours for a socially inclusive community
  • develop positive relationships and mutual understandings in Indigenous, interfaith and intercultural community settings
  • contribute to improvements in learning and general academic outcomes.


Successful VASP Cluster projects were selected from a large number of applications from across Australia. Clusters were selected and awarded based on a competitive application process and the selection criteria used included:

  • clear articulation of the VASP objectives
  • high quality and achievable outcomes
  • developing a whole school approach
  • effective and efficient use of resources


Funding for the Values in Action Schools Project was part of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 2008-09 National Values Education Program.

The Values in Action Schools Project builds on the significant work that has taken place in schools since the National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools was sent to all schools in 2005.

Education Services Australia managed VASP on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The successful projects appear below with the name of the lead school first. For a more detailed description of the projects follow the link from the name of the cluster.

State/Territory and  Sector 

Cluster name, number of schools and project title

Schools in cluster (lead school first)



Lanyon Cluster of Schools (5)

Values Investigators: Teachers and students researching values together

Lanyon High School
Birrigai Outdoor School
Bonython Primary School
Charles Conder Primary School
Gordon Primary School



Catholic Schools of the Clarence (10)

Resilience, Wellbeing and Learning

St Joseph's Primary School (Maclean)
Mary Help of Christians Primary School
St Augustine's Primary School (Coffs Harbour)
St Francis Xavier Primary School (Woolgoolga)
St James Primary School (Yamba)
St Joseph's Primary School (Grafton)
St Mary's Primary School (Bellingen)
St Mary's Primary School (Bowraville)
St Mary's Primary School (Grafton)
St Patrick's Primary School (Macksville)



Southern Highlands Schools of NSW (7)

Learning and acting for poverty

Bowral High School
Bowral Public School
Colo Vale Public School
Glenquarry Public School
Hill Top Public School
Kangaloon Public School
Mittagong Public School


Government, Catholic, and Independent


The Skoolaborate Cluster (6)

The Values Exchange

MLC School (NSW)
Debney Park Secondary College (VIC)
Distance Education Centre Victoria
King's Christian College (QLD)
Melbourne Grammar School (VIC)
Stella Maris College Manly (NSW)



Palmerston Values Cluster (4)

Living and Growing Our Values

Gray Primary School
Bakewell Primary School
Durack Primary School
Moulden Park Primary School



Greater Brisbane Schools – Values Education through Service Learning (10)

Embedding Values Education through Service-Learning

Everton Park State High School
Aspley State High School
Aspley State School
Bracken Ridge State High School
Corinda State High School
Craigslea State High School
Everton Park State School
Ferny Grove State High School
Ironside State School
Milpera State High School



Far North Queensland Cluster (3)

Living Values, Living Relationships 

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School (Thursday Island)
Mount St Bernard Secondary School (Herberton)
St Augustine's Primary School (Mossman)



The Beenleigh Believe, Achieve, Succeed Cluster (4)

Out of Apathy

Beenleigh State High School
Beenleigh State School
Eagleby South State School
Eagleby State School



Flinders Park - Whyalla Link Values Cluster (3)

Transitions: values-based approaches

Flinders Park Primary School
Fisk Street Primary School
Underdale High School



Australian Juvenile Detention Centres School Cluster (10)

Engaging the disengaged

Youth Education Centre (SA)
Ashley School (TAS)
Brisbane Youth Education and Training Centre (QLD)
Cleveland Education & Training Centre (QLD)
Dorchester School (NSW)
George Anderson Walpole School (NSW)
Girrakool Education and Training Unit (NSW)
Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre (Bimberi Youth Justice Centre) (ACT)
Induna School (NSW)
Putland School (NSW)



Cross Border Values Community (6)

Values through ICT and Philosophy

Victor Harbor Primary School (SA)
Birdwood High School (SA)
Mataranka Primary School (NT)
Peregrine Independent School (TAS)
Spearwood Primary School (WA)
Yankalilla Area School (SA)



Tasmanian Values Cluster (4)

Connecting Communities

Waimea Heights Primary School
Albuera Street Primary School
Blackmans Bay Primary School
Campbell St Primary School



Maroondah Education Coalition (3)

Youth Voice: Fostering inclusiveness, respect and tolerance

Ringwood Secondary College
Maroondah Secondary College
Parkwood Secondary College



Melbourne Eastern Region Values Cluster (8)

Improving teacher practice through values education

St Charles Borromeo Primary School
Holy Spirit School (Ringwood North)
Our Lady Help of Christians School (Eltham)
Our Lady of the Pines School
St Anne's Primary School (Park Orchards)
St Gregory the Great School
St Kevin's School (Lower Templestowe)
Sts Peter and Paul's School



Reporting Values Cluster  (3)

Values in Action: Building resilience and inclusion

Davallia Primary School
Duncraig Primary School
Glengarry Primary School