Sustainable Schools Festival: St Columba's wins 2018 Baykeeper Award!
13 September 2018
Last Thursday, the Sustainability team went to the Sustainable School's Festival, hosted by the Port Phillip Eco Centre at the St Kilda Town Hall.

We firstly participated in 2 workshops each and all the activities were related to sustainability. We made zen gardens, organic bin liners, played penguin fact games, sorted out food for worms and created friendship bracelets out of recycled wool.

Then it was our turn to present, we showcased a project on waste management. We divided ou...
4 stars for St Columba's!
23 August 2018
A big CONGRATULATIONS to St Columba's for achieving their 4th Star this week!

This great milestone acknowledges that we are a Sustaining school in relation to our waste management and resource use. Together, we have completed the 5 required modules and so now we continue to revise and update them. Here's a quick snapshot; we've saved: $13,110.62 since 01 Dec 2012 $82.43 per student The Eco Warriors and the Environment Team have played a great part in helping us ...
Our bird garden is starting to take shape!
16 August 2018
On Wednesday 8 August we were back in the garden again with our Eco Warriors putting their green thumbs to work planting our new bird garden (located outside the front of the school).

Locally indigenous tubestock with Boon Wurrung significance was planted to develop a supporting habitat for our local bird species.

The project is being supported by Landcare Australia, Momentum Energy's Powerful Youth Projects initiative and the Victorian Government's Port Phillip Bay Fund.

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St Columba's greenies in the news!
13 August 2018
Thomas Carrick and Audrey Browne starred on page 2 of the Leader Newspaper last week for our impressive National Tree Day planting efforts!

Our final planting count was over 1,000 trees!

The day was supported by CoastCare Victoria as part of our initiative: St Columba's Caring for our Coast, as well as the Victorian Government's Port Phillip Bay Fund and CityWide.

A big thanks again to everyone involved.
1,000 plants for the planet
3 August 2018
On Friday our Years 3-6 students ventured out into the stunning sunshine and down to Elwood foreshore to take part in Schools National Tree Day.

The students were guided by April and Karen from the Port Phillip Eco Centre together with Damien and members of the CityWide team as they got to work planting locally indigenous tubestock.

The aim was to plant 250 trees to encourage and support Point Ormond bird species. By the end of the session we had planted an impressive 1,000 trees!

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Taking 3 for the sea
5 July 2018
On Friday 29 June we celebrated Walk to School Day, walking or travelling to school in a safe and sustainable way.

On our trip to school we also did our bit for the Bay by collecting ""3 for the sea"" - picking up three (or more!) pieces of rubbish and stopping them from making their way into Port Phillip Bay or our canal.

The activity was part of our Operation STEAM Clean the Bay (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths) â" a 3 year program generously funded ...

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