Sustainable school of the year

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29 May 2019

Students from St Columba’s School, Elwood.St Columba’s School, Elwood, is in the running for one of Victoria’s most prestigious sustainability awards.

The school is one of three finalists for the School of the Year award at this year’s ResourceSmart Schools Awards. The awards recognise and reward the outstanding sustainability efforts of Victorian primary and secondary schools that contribute to a better place.

Since 2014, the school has been hard at work growing and embedding its commitment to sustainability in the curriculum, on campus and in the community, and last year was awarded 5 Stars by the Victorian Government. A key focus of this has been Port Phillip Bay, with the school working to increase student and community awareness of the environmental health and value of the bay by encouraging them to care for it and connect everyday decisions to its health.

St Columba’s School started its parent Green Team and 3/4 Eco Warriors group in 2014 and, with the generous support of the Port Phillip EcoCentre, has worked incredibly hard to create and embed sustainable practices, infrastructure, integrated learning and action on climate change.

‘Contributing to a better place’ is the theme of the 2019 awards, which will be announced on 13 June 2019 at the MCG. Five of Melbourne’s Catholic schools have been nominated in four categories:

The Green Team at St Columba’s School has been compiling a blog with information about its activities to promote sustainability.