Rock Eisteddfod triumph
St Columba’s College Ltd, Essendon, shared first place with a government school in the Premier Division of the Victorian Rock Eisteddfod Challenge. Students at St Columba’s performed A Grim Tale and were among more than 3,000 students from 50 participating Victorian secondary schools. St Columba’s College has an enviable record in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge, having won 10 Victorian titles and five national championships over the past 22 years. A combined performance by Kilbreda College and St Bede’s College, Mentone, took second prize in the RAW™ Division. Parade College, Bundoora, won the Open Division and in the primary J Rock™ Division, Queen of Peace School, Altona Meadows, received three Awards of Excellence: for stage use, concept and visual enhancement.
VCAL Achievement Awards
St Joseph’s College, Ferntree Gully, won the Partner Achievement Award for Workplace Learning, along with Bunnings Scorebsy. On a Numeracy class excursion to the store, Bunnings representative Maria Harmon treated her visitors to a series of demonstrations about the business, including one about the Local Community Involvement program. It became clear that involving the college’s VCAL students in the program would be mutually beneficial. In return for their assistance, Bunnings included the students in workshops about occupational health and safety and customer service. This helped students to contextualise their Work Related Skills learning outcomes in a real-world setting.
Cultural Diversity Awards
Four Catholic schools won awards in the 2012 Cultural Diversity Quest Awards. The Immigration Museum Award was presented to Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School, Roxburgh Park, for its submission titled Melbourne Our Migrant Community. St Monica’s School, Footscray won the Early Years (3—4) for Freedom Stories; St Martin de Porres School, Avondale Heights, won the Middle Years (5–6) category for Coming Together; and in the Middle Years (7–9) Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Braybrook, triumphed with Australia’s Family Tree.
NAB Schools First awards
Four Catholic schools were presented with National Australia Bank (NAB) Schools First Awards. St Joseph’s School, Crib Point, received a $30,000 Impact Award for its Mangrove Action Project. Schools First Seed Funding Awards of $15,000 each went to: St Joseph’s School, Chelsea, for its garden project; St Pius X School, Heidelberg West, for its Banyule Kids Thrive project; and St Joseph’s College, Newtown, for its Indigenous garden project. The NAB provided awards to 120 school–community partnerships nationally in 2012, from 765 applications.
St Joseph's School, Crib Point
Green Lane Diary Competition
In August 2012, the student Green Team at St Joseph the Worker School in Reservoir North were the Victorian winners of the Green Lane Diary competition. The students made a film about the practical, everyday things students can do to protect the environment. The students were presented with their award in Brisbane. The Green Team won $1,000 and the school received $500. The Green Lane Diary is an educational initiative of Green Cross. It is designed by educators to help students aged 8–13 years to understand the pressures on the environment and the importance of sustainability. St Joseph the Worker School also won a Green Lane Diary Environmental Achievement Award in 2011.
ResourceSmart Schools Awards
St Macartan’s School, Mornington, won the 2012 ResourceSmart Award for Energy School of the Year. The Awards recognise and reward schools for their leadership and work in creating and maintaining a sustainable environment.
In the Wakakirri Story–Dance competition, Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School, Roxburgh Park, came first in Division Two of the Victorian finals and St George Preca School, Caroline Springs, was highly commended. Both schools also received Off-stage Awards: Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School, for Best School in Public; St George Preca School for Best Teamwork; and St Catherine’s School, Moorabin, for Most Sustainable Production.
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