Catholic schools win NAB Schools First Awards

NAB storySt Joseph’s School, Crib Point, has won a National Australia Bank Schools First Impact Award for its Mangrove Action Project.

Students and staff at St Joseph’s are helping to helping to reduce the erosion of Western Port Bay and the silt that flows into the northern end of the bay by restoring mangroves to the area.

Students collect mangrove seeds, propagate them in a specially developed hot house, transplant the seedlings into containers and replant the seedlings along the Western Port shoreline.

The mangrove research project, is led by staff and students, with community guidance from Dr Tim Ealey of the Western Port Seagrass Partnership and support from the Catholic Education Office Melbourne.

Three other Catholic schools have received Schools First Seed Funding Awards:

•   St Joseph’s School, Chelsea, for its St Joseph’s Garden project, in partnership with Earthcarers’ Community Garden and St Joseph’s Parish

•   St Pius X School, Heidelberg West, for its Banyule Kids Thrive project, in partnership with Kids Thrive and Charles La Trobe College

•   St Joseph’s College, Newtown, for its Indigenous Garden project, in partnership with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative.

Congratulations to all the schools.