School scoops more awards


Green team: St Louis de Montfort’s School principal Tom Lindeman, left, and pupils Sophie, Shane and Will celebrate environmental awards with school sustainability leader Julie Wynne. Picture: Gary Sissons

AN ASPENDALE school has seen years of work on its Sustainability Precinct since 2013 featuring an outdoor kitchen, vegetable gardens and animal enclosures pay off with two big wins at Sustainability Victoria’s ResourceSmart Schools Awards.

St Louis de Montfort’s School was named the ‘School of the Decade’ and ‘Leadership School of the Year’ this month by Sustainability Victoria.

Pupils and staff at the primary school have worked diligently on looking after the food and produce gardens and animals that live within the St Louis de Montfort School’s grounds.

A kitchen made from converted shipping containers solar panels and wetlands enclosures are prominent features of the school’s sustainability precinct.

“At St Louis we know that sustainable education is a priority for students today as communities across Australia grapple with the needs of our environment to be sustainable into the future,” School sustainability leader Julie Wynne said.

The latest honours follow an award-winning few years for the 5 Star ResourceSmart school for its environmental work.

The future for Kingston schools looks bright. Carrum Primary School and Mentone Primary School were finalists at this month’s ResourceSmart awards.

“I know that there are many schools doing great work in sustainability, and I want to encourage those that have never entered, or which haven’t for some time, to get involved next year,” Sustainability Victoria interim CEO Stephanie Ziersch said.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 1 Novemeber 2017

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