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Awarded for service to education and training
Born: 25 July 1949
Entered on roll: 2019
Moya Sharpe is an inspiring teacher, local historian and volunteer.
Moya started teaching in 1968 and moved to the Sorell School in 1975 where she has inspired generations of children at the Sorell School with historical, environmental and community initiatives that have built community connectedness and created an important legacy in Sorell and the south-east.
At a time when the benefits of nature-based outdoor education and experiential learning are being rediscovered worldwide, Moya Sharpe has been a leading example for decades. She established a Pioneer Village on the school farm where children have the opportunity to be involved in living history programs. They learn about the history of the town, Aboriginal stewardship and life in colonial times.
Moya inspires the joy of learning, which shows on the faces of students and families celebrating Heritage Day in May. The day is a longstanding school and community event, with proceeds funding the Pioneer Village. She co-founded the Southern Beaches Historical Society, which has led to the recording of local history and community events to highlight and celebrate the past.
Moya is also passionate about environmental education and has encouraged hundreds of students to become lifelong environmentally responsible citizens. Sorell School has won state and national awards for their hands-on Landcare and Coastcare projects. She established a Kitchen Garden Paddock to Plate learning facility on the school farm that promotes healthy eating and provides the students with life skills of growing vegetables and preparing food.
In addition to her work at Sorell School, Moya also travels to Cambodia and volunteers as a teacher with Camkids children’s charity. She was awarded the National SchoolAid ‘Kids Helping Kids’ award for her work in encouraging her students to be involved in philanthropic activities and to develop compassion and empathy for those in need. The school also won the award for their fundraising efforts to educate Cambodian students in ‘Grade Sorell’ in the poor rural village of Chbar Chros.