Safe Schools are Smart Schools
In 2013 St Charles Borromeo School in Templestowe won a national award from the Australian Government‘s Safe Schools are Smart Schools Competition. Fifteen schools Australia-wide were awarded $5,000 to produce a video about their Safe Schools are Smart Schools initiative. The Australian Government scheme encourages schools to identify and create ways to deal with bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, discrimination and mental health issues.
Victorian Young Leaders to China Program
Three Catholic secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne were selected to participate in the Victorian Young Leaders to China program: Marcellin College, Bulleen; Mater Christi College, Belgrave; and St Joseph’s College, Newtown. Ten Year 9 students from each school spent six weeks living and studying in China, including one week of intensive Mandarin language training, one week visiting key cultural sites and four weeks in classes in leading schools in Shanghai and Nanjing, capital of Victoria’s sister-state, Jiangsu Province.
ANZAC Day Schools' Award
Star of the Sea College, Brighton, won the Victorian secondary schools category of the 2013 ANZAC Day Schools’ Awards. The award was for the college’s Year 9 program at the college’s ANZAC Campus, supported by ANZAC team staff members, Maria Maraschiello, Kym Hardeman, Veronica Nguyen and Kathy Strelow. Star of the Sea College received $2,000, a plaque and a certificate.
St Louis de Montfort’s School in Aspendale, achieved full accreditation as an eSmart school in 2013. An eSmart school is a school where the smart, safe and responsible use of information and communications technology is a cultural norm. Students, teachers and the wider school community are equipped to embrace the best these technologies can offer, while being savvy about the pitfalls. St Louis de Montfort’s is one of only four Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne to achieve full eSmart accreditation.
VCAL Partner Achievement Award
St Joseph’s College, Ferntree Gully, and their partner Bunnings in Scoresby, received a Partner Achievement Award in Workplace Learning. The partnership allows them to collaborate on large-scale projects, for example repainting and refurbishing a local community school serving students with disability. The partnership was further extended, with Bunnings providing in-store training in occupational health and safety, recruitment processes and customer service.
Victorian Youth Parliament
During Term 2, 2013 holidays, St Bernard’s College, Essendon, Legal Studies students Luke, Jarrod, William, Michael, Hollan and Liam debated various mock Bills in the Legislative Assembly of the Victorian Parliament as part of the annual Youth Parliament. The team introduced a Bill (which was passed) proposing an ‘opt-out organ and tissue donation system’ in Victoria. The students received several awards throughout the week of Youth Parliament, including the ‘best media release’ award, the most YouTube views for a commercial the team produced, and best debater (Jarrod) for the second day of debates.
State Theatresports Championship
Students from Catholic schools won both the senior and junior divisions of Impro Melbourne's State Theatresports Championship on 18 August 2013. Year 10 students from St James College, Bentleigh East – Darcy FitzRoy, Jeremy Abernathy, Connor Johnston and Joshua Woolfe – won the senior division. The ‘Swag Kr3w’ team – Connie Lacognata, Bernie Lacognata, Lily Shannon, Arial Warren, Liam Kelly and Ryan Jarvis – from Padua College (Rosebud campus) won the junior division, having also won the junior division of the SIS Theatresports Championship.
Right Way Training Facility Accreditation
Catholic Regional College Sydenham’s hospitality training facility received Right Way Training Facility Accreditation by Service Skills Australia. Quatrefoils Restaurant, a licensed à la carte restaurant, is part of the CRC Sydenham Trade Training Centre. Students receive their hospitality training in a realistic setting, and together with staff they cater for functions and gatherings of up to 80 guests.
Building Designers Association Award
Emmaus College, Vermont South, won the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) Award for ‘Public Buildings – Alterations/Additions’ at the annual MBAV awards. An existing multi-purpose hall was converted into the Bill Holligan Performing Arts Centre with a 250–300 seat auditorium, a performance area, a drama/dance room and a gallery. The ‘total refit’ was contained within the original building shell but created a dramatically different, innovative and modern facility, according to the judges. To read more about this award see the Winning Design ebook, pages 34–35.
Victorian Schools Garden Award
St Macartan’s School, Mornington, won the Kevin Heinze Perpetual Award – named in honour of the late gardening expert – in the 2013 Victorian Schools Garden Awards. St Macartan’s won the award, worth $2,500, for its Sustainability Centre, which includes vegetable and bush tucker gardens, a pizza oven, worm farms, chickens and guinea pigs. The school has a garden club with 180 students as members, who planted 9,000 trees and propagated mangroves for the re-vegetation of local coastal areas. St Macartan’s also received a Pink Heath Award, worth $500. St Thomas School in Drysdale received the CEOM-sponsored Award of Merit, worth $500.
St Macartan’s School, Mornington, was named the ResourceSmart Community Leadership School of the Year in the 2013 ResourceSmart Schools Awards, Victoria’s largest sustainability awards program for primary and secondary schools. The Awards recognise and reward Victorian schools, students and teachers for their outstanding achievements in sustainability.
St Macartan’s was also named the 2013 ResourceSmart Student Action Team of the Year. The CEOM was a major sponsor of this award, which recognised outstanding leadership shown by students working collaboratively to initiate or influence positive sustainability change. St Macartan’s had a student action team with 39 members across all year levels, called the Make a Difference (Mad) Warriors. They have achieved excellent results in biodiversity, waste, water and energy.
ResourceSmart Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative
Eleven Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne received grants of up to $10,000 from the Victorian Government’s ResourceSmart Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI), part of the Energy Efficient Grant Program for Victorian Schools. The grants helped schools undertake energy audits and install energy-efficient equipment, and provide energy-efficiency information and training for staff and students. The successful schools were: Aquinas College, Ringwood; Mary Immaculate School, Ivanhoe; St Francis Xavier School, Box Hill; St Joseph the Worker School, Reservoir North; St Margaret’s School, Geelong East; St Mary Magdalen’s School, Chadstone; St Mary of the Cross MacKillop School, Epping North; St Patrick’s School, Geelong East; St Peter’s School, Epping; Trinity School, Richmond North.
Seed Funding Award
St Charles Borromeo School in Templestowe and St Dominic’s School in Broadmeadows both received a Seed Funding Award from the NAB Schools First program in 2013. The Seed Funding Award recognises schools that are in the process of establishing a school–community partnership to improve student learning. St Charles Borromeo School partnered with Doncare Community Services to provide students with an opportunity to interact with their community and to gain self-esteem and leadership skills through volunteering. St Dominic’s School partnered with Holy Child School, Dallas, Corpus Christi School, Glenroy, and lead partner, Kids Thrive.
Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Bentleigh, was the national winner of the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge. Their production, ‘Turning Tides’, was based on the devastation of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and the power of the human spirit to unite, to survive and to triumph in the face of nature’s destruction. The college also won a number of state awards: Story of the Year State Winner Victoria, Best Direction, Best Drama, Best Moment and Best Cast/Ensemble, as well as being nominated for Best Blockbuster Production, Best Makeup and Hair, and Best Singing Performance.
Spirit of Anzac Prize
Carl Tracey, teacher at Sacred Heart College, Geelong, was selected as one of two chaperones for the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize tour to Lemnos, Gallipoli and the Western Front in 2014. His fellow chaperone is Amanda McCarten from Emmanuel College in Warrnambool. They will assist in selecting the 12 students who will take part in the tour.
Brett Lefebvre teacher at Sacred Heart College, Kyneton, was also selected as one of two chaperones of the 16 regional finalists who will travel to Canberra in 2014 for an extensive study tour of the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, the National Film and Sound Archive, and the National Archives of Australia.
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