Grants for sharing sister-school successes
Loyola College, Watsonia, and St Monica’s College, Epping, were 2 of 14 Victorian schools to receive $5,000 grants from the Victorian Government to produce digital case studies showcasing the benefits of building sister-school relationships. St Monica’s College has established a sister-school partnership in Japan and Loyola College has sister-schools in France, Italy and Indonesia.
CEOM Student Wellbeing Drama Festival
The seventh annual CEOM Student Wellbeing Drama Festival concluded at the end of June 2014. Over 1000 students performed to full houses at theatres in Geelong, Frankston, Moonee Ponds and Nunawading. At the conclusion of the festival three primary and three secondary schools were presented with special awards.
Special awards – Primary:
Special awards – Secondary:
Mother of God School, Ardeer, students at the Student Wellbeing Drama Festival
Mazenod to host Jordan national football team
Mazenod College, Mulgrave, was selected to host Jordan’s national football team for a training camp leading up to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in January 2015. The Jordanian team arrived for the pre-competition camp a few days before Christmas and were hosted by Mazenod for two weeks.
Mazenod College leaders at the announcement ceremony
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Arts Education Project Grants
Three Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne received grants through Arts Victoria’s Extended School Residencies program, which pairs schools and arts organisations:
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Braybrook
The ‘Beyond Projection’ project, a collaboration with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), explored how people communicate. Students explored different moving image forms, including stop-motion animation and live-action film making, and their connections with storytelling, drama and music. The project culminated in a moving image piece, which was projected onto the school for the public to experience. ($35,000)
St Anthony’s School, Melton South
The ‘Point of View’ project, a partnership with Arena Theatre, created an interactive, multi-site, immersive artwork. Students created a virtual world using digital art, sound, video design and iPad technology to find the stories and histories associated with sites within the school grounds. ($35,500)
Annunciation School, Brooklyn
The project, in partnership with Polyglot Theatre, focused on the environment and the role of nature in life. Using shadow puppetry, drama and sculpture, the project explored both the outside world and the inside world and the connection between them. ($35,000)
Premier’s Sustainability Award
St Louis de Montfort’s School in Aspendale received the Premier’s Sustainability Award in the Education category for its Leaders in Sustainability Education program. The school has created a whole-school approach to developing active environmental citizens, with a focus on hands-on, real-life learning and building leadership skills.
St Macartan’s School in Mornington, won the Premier’s Sustainability Award – People’s Choice in the Education category.
Wakakirri Primary School Story Dance Challenge
Queen of Peace School in Altona North and St George Preca School in Caroline Springs won awards at the Wakakirri Primary School Story Dance Challenge 2014. Both schools received national awards. Queen of Peace was awarded Best Story Victoria Division 2 and was a nominee for National Best Story 2014. Their story was on the theme of Home?, exploring a baby elephant’s confusion about whether home is the cold, lonely zoo or the jungle with her family. St George Preca School was awarded Best Story Victoria Division 1, and was also a Nominee for Best Story 2014. Their story focused on The Lost Children of Sudan, and followed the journey of the thousands of children left orphaned and homeless from civil war.
Queen of Peace School students with their certificates.
Bully Stoppers Grants
Four Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne received Round 3 Bully Stoppers grants of up to $10,000 from the Victorian Government. The schools were Mother of God School, Ivanhoe East; Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Deepdene; St Luke’s School, Wantirna; and St Raphael’s School, Preston West. The money will be used to implement strategies or programs to prevent and respond to both face-to-face and online bullying in the school community.
St John Vianney’s Receives Sister School Grant
St John Vianney School, Parkdale East, received a $10,000 Victorian Government Grant through the Sister Schools Program. The school was one of 14 successful schools out of 135 applicants and the only Catholic school selected.
Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak Wins School Video Competition
Four students in Year 3 at Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak, Toorak, won the Telstra ‘This Is How We Do OUR School’ video competition.
Emma Boult, Gillian McDaniel, Lauren McGarry and Claudia McNee created a video demonstrating what makes the school special, unique and inspirational.
The winning entry was handpicked by singing star Katy Perry, who visited the college as part of the prize.
Katy Perry with Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak students.
School Garden Awards
St Louis de Montfort’s School in Aspendale won the top Victorian Schools Garden Award: the Kevin Heinz Perpetual Award of $3,000. The main awards were judged according to set criteria: student teacher and parent involvement, and general appearance and use account for 70% of the mark.
Clonard College, Herne Hill, won the Flemings Mini Orchard Award, valued at $1000.
Several Catholic schools won awards at the Victorian Chapter of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI) Awards recently, several Catholic schools were featured:
‘The Beehive’ at St Mary of the Cross School, Point Cook
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