St Martin de Porres School, Avondale Heights, won the Grade 5 & 6 division at the Cultural Diversity Week 2018 Primary School Short Film Competition. The students’ film, I am Victoria, was screened at Federation Square as part of the celebrations during Victoria’s Multicultural Festival.
As part of the VCAL Achievement Awards, Sacred Heart College, Newtown, was presented with the VCAA Chair’s Award. With strong support from leaders and teachers, the college has been offering VCAL since 2004 and has fully integrated its VCAL program to effectively engage students in their learning.
St Mary’s School, Castlemaine, held a special assembly to celebrate becoming one of just 38 schools in the state to achieve the highest rating of ‘5 Stars’ from Sustainability Victoria’s ResourceSmart Schools program.
St Lawrence School, Derrimut, was recognised as an ‘Apple Distinguished School’ for 2018–2020 based on its innovative approach to learning, teaching, leadership and documented results of academic accomplishment.
Two Catholic colleges took out the School Division Championship Final of the 2018 AUSACA A Cappella Awards. In the Vocal Ensemble section, ‘Stacella‘ from Star of the Sea College, Brighton, won first prize in the school‘s third year of competing, while ‘Synergy‘ from Aquinas College, Ringwood, won the Vocal Band section, as well as a special award for Best Contemporary Song – all in the group‘s first year of competing!
St Thomas the Apostle School, Blackburn, won the School Sport Victoria primary mixed netball state final in September 2018.
Lumen Christi School, Point Cook, was named Australia’s top fundraising school in the 2018 MS Readathon.
Our Lady of the Way School, Kingsbury, received a 2018 Victorian Early Years Award under Category 4: Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing. These awards celebrate the exceptional contributions that individuals and organisations make to improve the learning and development of young children and their families.
St James the Apostle School, Hoppers Crossing North, won the 2018 South Western Metropolitan Regional Award for primary & special schools with more than 280 students at the Victorian Schools Garden Awards (VSGA).
Aquinas College, Ringwood, was recognised by Netball Victoria as ‘School of the Year’ at its Community Awards. Selected for championing the inclusion of boys in netball for the past 10 years, the school had developed weekly competitions for boys in Years 9 and 10 through its local sporting association. Aquinas also entered both boys and girls teams in the Netball Victoria School Championships, winning the 2018 junior boys title with the senior boys finishing as runners-up.