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2014 Winner - Education

St Louis de Montfort’s Primary School

St Louis de Montfort’s Leaders in Sustainable Education

St Louis de Montfort’s is proud of its achievements in creating a one-of-a-kind educational program and sustainable precinct that supports a whole school approach to developing active environmental citizens.

The school places a strong emphasis on using their site and local area within the teaching curriculum. Students are immersed in hands-on learning directly related to the Australian Curriculum in Victoria through the garden to kitchen program, and in their sustainability precinct, local wetlands and the nearby bay.

The school firmly believes in educating the whole child by providing opportunities to engage in nature and learn about the environment and sustainability in a real life context, including a strong focus on building leadership skills.

St Louis is seen as an exemplary school that practices sustainability. In the past three years, the school has gained ResourceSmart Schools accreditation in the core and waste modules, won the City of Kingston ‘I Sea, I Care’ Marine Ambassador Program awards, and created a sustainability education precinct plus a garden to kitchen program catering for 550 students.

A partnership approach has underpinned these results, in particular with the City of Kingston, Melbourne Water, South East Water and the Dolphin Research Institute. All of the school’s work in sustainability is based on invaluable community support.