Community Cat Crusader Challenge

Are you a primary or secondary school looking to offer your students a fun and engaging real-world learning experience that also benefits the local community?

The Cat Protection Society of Victoria believes that education is the key to creating lasting change. We aim to help young people develop responsible and caring behaviour towards cats, which will have a long-term impact on cat welfare in Victoria.

Introducing our Community Cat Crusader Challenge: an initiative designed to educate students about cats as companion animals and the importance of responsible cat ownership. The Challenge is open during Term 3 (2024) to schools within Banyule and Nillumbik Councils.

As part of our Community Cat Crusader Challenge, we provide access to free online resources which are designed for educators or students. These resources help to provide young people with the knowledge and understanding of the role of cats as companion animals and what it means to be a responsible cat owner.

Schools are also able to arrange for a representative from The Cat Protection Society of Victoria to visit and chat with participating students or alternatively book an excursion to The Cat Protection Society of Victoria to compliment this learning.

Students are encouraged to take on the Community Cat Crusader Challenge by creating  promotional material based on their learning. This challenge can be approached individually or as a group project, and can be integrated into classroom activities, extracurricular programs, or clubs.

Submissions are due on Friday 13th September 2024 and all participating schools will have the opportunity to display their students’ work at a special showcase at The Cat Protection Society of Victoria Adoption Shelter in November.

Join the Cat Crusaders and help us to make a positive impact on cat welfare while providing your students with an enriching educational experience!

How it Works:

01

Register your school to participate in the challenge via the online form below by Friday 30th August 2024

02

Confirm if you would like to arrange an incursion with or excursion to The Cat Protection Society of Victoria Adoption Shelter (located in Greensborough)

03

Access free online educational material based on the below cat-focused topics
- Why cats make great pets*
- Benefits of adopting a cat from an animal shelter*
- Benefits of desexing your cat
- Why it's good to keep your cat at home
* Recommended for early primary school levels

04

Determine which topic/s you would like to share/focus on with your students

05

Deliver / provide all or part of the educational material to participating students during Term 3 (this could be integrated into classroom activities or extracurricular programs and clubs)

06

Students to produce promotional material in response to their learning (using suggestions provided by CPSV on slide 31-33 of the Resource pack for schools or an idea of their / your own). Where appropriate, students may like to conduct additional research to support their learning.

07

Promotional material developed and submitted by Friday 13th September 2024
- Various options for submitting the promotional material will be provided to participating schools including the option for submissions to be collected from your school by a CPSV team member in the last week of Term 3
-During submission process, schools will be asked to confirm if school / students are happy for material to be displayed at The Cat Protection Society of Victoria showcase in November

08

In October:
- All participating students provided with a participation of acknowledgement
- All participating schools provided with participation of acknowledgement and copy of newly published 'The Atlas of Cats' Lonely Planet Guide (limit of x 1 per school)

09

In November, promotional material showcased at The Cat Protection Society of Victoria Adoption Shelter

Young people may like to develop:

  • Poster
  • Brochure
  • Booklet
  • Newsletter
  • Bumper Sticker
  • Presentation
  • Short Video
  • Short Story
  • Persuasive Writing Piece
  • Merchandise Item

Or come up with an idea of their own!

By participating, all schools will receive:

  • A Community Cat Crusader Challenge participation certificate and merchandise item for individual participants
  • Priority access to booking an incursion with or excursion to The Cat Protection Society of Victoria
  • A copy of The Lonely Planet (for kids) Atlas for Cats guide (limit of x1 per school)
  • Submissions to be showcased at The Cat Protection Society of Victoria Adoption Shelter in November
  • The warm and fuzzies that come with knowing you have supported The Cat Protection Society of Victoria

Educational Material:

Resource pack for schools

I’d love to be involved

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