An exciting year for St Louis de Montfort’s


Junior Lord Mayor Mason Dwyer with Town Crier Ian Morrison, Ella Bater with the Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews and Gabi Hollows, Mason and Ella with Catholic Education Melbourne Executive Director Stephen Elder and teachers Julie Wynne and Phillip HillAlthough 2016 is not yet over, it’s already been an impressive year at St Louis de Montfort’s School, Aspendale. Earlier this year the school itself received the Environmental School Award in the World Environment Day Awards and teacher Julie Wynne was named co-Environmental Educator of the Year. On top of this, two Grade 6 students have been awarded impressive titles, adding to the list of honours for the school.

School Captain, Mason Dwyer, was named Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne for 2016 with a long list of official duties including raiding the flag on Melbourne Day, cutting the official birthday cake, skippering the Enterprize for a day with his class and other mayoral duties throughout the year. The judges said of Mason that he was, ‘the outstanding candidate from six excellent finalists’.

When speaking of his plans as Junior Lord Mayor Mason said, ‘I want to cure homelessness and make Melbourne a greener city full of grass and trees to make everyone happier, and make Melbourne a better place to live. I want to make the world a better place’.

Listen to Mason’s full radio interview on 3AW with Denis Walter and Peter Hitchener.

Ella Bater was recently named the Fred Hollows Humanity Award Junior Ambassador for Victoria. The Award recognises Year 6 students who are making a positive difference in their community. As a Junior Ambassador, Ella will allocate $5,000 from Specsavers to a Fred Hollows Foundation program of her choice.

The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, said it was the highlight of his week to meet with Ella, ‘Ella’s done some pretty cool stuff to be nominated by St Louis de Montfort’s Primary School: raising awareness on issues facing refugees, fundraising for the Cancer Council and lending a hand to Backpacks 4 VIC Kids. She’s done incredible work to make her local community a better place. I’m sure Fred Hollows would be very proud’.

Both students, together with teachers Julie Wynne and Phillip Harris, attended the launch of the Education for Sustainability in the Archdiocese in Melbourne resource at Catholic Education Melbourne on 1 September 2016. St Louis de Montfort’s was one of the schools cited in the Sustainability resource for their ‘exceptional outcomes in sustainability awareness
through school and wider community campaigns.’