River Nile School wins Premier's Sustainability Award

15 OCTOBER 2019

River Nile School has won the Education category in this year's Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards for their Sustainability Across VCAL Curriculum program.

The North Melbourne school offers full time programs delivering the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) curriculum to re-engage refugee and asylum seeker school-aged young women (15 - 22 years) who may have experienced disrupted schooling, have newly arrived to Australia, or find a flexible learning environment most suitable.

Many of the students had never come across the concepts of sustainability, climate change and recycling, and so in 2018, the topic of sustainability became a key theme. Students learnt about the topic in depth, culminating in two student-led projects; a Sustainability Expo and a Sustainability Market.

In Semester one, students planned, prepared and ran a Sustainability Expo, teaching a wide range of visitors about sustainability practices, including how to make your own natural beauty products, how to compost and how to reduce waste by making vegetable stock.

In Semester two, students, planned, prepared and ran a Sustainability Market where they made products from old, reused and recycled materials to sell. As examples, they made their own wheat bags, head scarves and reusable bags using old material off cuts. The money raised was donated to CERES.

Sustainability Victoria’s interim Chief Executive, Carl Muller, said the awards showed how management of environmental issues was of growing importance for all Victorians – no matter age, no matter where they live or what they do.

“Each year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards continue to discover Victoria’s best and most inspiring Victorian individuals, organisations and businesses who are developing and implementing new sustainable practices,” he said.

Congratulations to all involved in River Nile School's award winning program, and registered teachers Francesco Pisano and Maggie Bradley, the two representatives who accepted the award on the night.

For more information visit sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au