Award for science excellence

The Victorian Schools First Impact Award has been presented to Santa Maria College, Northcote, for a community project aimed at increasing the number of girls who study science through to Year 12.

Tall PoppiesThe college was the only Catholic school among the 16 finalists. In total, the college wins $100,000 and will now compete for the national award on 27 November.

Santa Maria College won the award for the ‘Growing Tall Poppies Program’, which is a partnership with Melbourne University Centre of Excellence in Coherent X-Ray Science and Akorn Education Services.

The project aims to bring Year 10 students, teachers, parents and community members together to improve student learning outcomes in science subjects. Students are required to work away from school in teams of six and report back to the school community on a particular science they have studied.

The Director of Catholic Education, Stephen Elder, congratulated the school on its success. 'This is a tremendous result for Santa Maria College and I would like to congratulate the principal, Kath Heagney, the teachers and the students who have been integral to the implementation of this project,' said Mr Elder.