FAQs

About the Schools Program

It is created for your students, teachers and parents to provide information about the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service and the important emergency service they provide to communities all over Australia.

The program was created by Westpac, in conjunction with the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Bases, Surf Life Saving Australia and an independent education agency. 

No it is not compulsory. However, it is recommended that you take part in order to educate your students, teachers and parents about the Service and its role in the community. Not only is the program made up of 50 ACARA curriculum aligned lesson plans and resources, it also delves into the significance of students supporting their community through volunteering, fundraising and looking out for one another. 

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Schools Program has been created with flexibility for teachers and students in mind. It is recommended that you complete the whole program to achieve the intended education outcomes but the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Schools Program has also been created with flexibility in mind for teachers and students. Download from 50 ACARA curriculum aligned lesson plans and from there its about implementing the program into your school as you see fit. From a few lessons in junior years, through to whole school, themed learning weeks! 

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Schools Program has been created in accordance with the ACARA Australia Curriculum Standards. To ensure the program is age appropriate, curriculum aligned and that all materials are suitable for primary aged children, education materials specialists have also reviewed the content. As such, all lesson plans are deemed suitable for use in the classroom. 

Westpac has been the Naming Rights Sponsor of the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service since 1973 in Sydney. Our support has allowed the Service to grow from just one helicopter to a national fleet of 17 helicopters flying from 13 bases and 2 boats, one in VIC and NT. It is one of Australia's longest and most valued community partnerships. 

How to implement the program

It's easy just share the resources around the teachers. They can review the resources and implement them in their classroom as they see fit. Ideally they would show the video episodes in class and then perform the lesson plans which align to the content. Lesson plans are also designed to be used in a flexible manner in the classroom so teachers can adapt each activity to suit their students and their schools teaching format. 

Not much at all, just follow the teacher's guidance as they would any other lesson. 

The program does not expire, but it is recommended that you complete it as soon as possible to ensure the accuracy and validity of the information. If the program is completed within the fourth term (as intended) you could be chosen to receive a potential visit from the helicopter and crew of your local Base. 

We have done our best to supply each school with a range of resources that match the number of children at your school. Unfortunately, at this stage all resources have been exhausted. However, an online portal featuring all materials for free download is accessible to all schools. If you require a login, please email rescuehelicopterschools@maverick.com.au

Yes we would be happy for you to do so. You can access the proposed newsletter content on the Lesson Plans & Resources tab of the website. If you would like further information about the program please contact them on the email above or feel free to email rescuehelicopterschools@maverick.com.au

You will find copies of the video episodes and all other resources on the online portal. If you require a login to this free portal, please email rescuehelicopterschools@maverick.com.au and we will provide you with the relevant details needed to access this site. 

Helicopter visits

A number of participating chosen schools will be selected to have a potential visit from the local crew in 2016. Schools will be advised if they have been selected in early 2016. 

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