STEM – SPA is a National and State Winner!

Dear Community

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that St Paul the Apostle School has won a major National Award in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education). Tomorrow our school will be represented by our Senior STEM Ambassadors at the 2022 National Catholic Education Conference held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre tomorrow – Tuesday 6 September 2022

Along with our Culture of Thinking, STEM is a major focus in our learning in all Year Levels.  Over the past few months, our Senior classes participated in a STEM for Humanity project which focussed on the theme of “Caring for Our Planet. As a result of research, ” The STEM team were horrified to learn about the significant impact that tons of discarded clothing had on our ecology. As a result they focussed on the repurposing of ‘Unwanted Clothing’ in a way that reduces the detrimental impact on the environment. Our Student Team aptly named our project ‘Trash to Fash’

Please click here to see our Video

Our Learning Journey was documented in a video which was submitted as part of the STEM MAD (Making A Difference) and our STEM Ambassadors presented our Trash to Fash Project at the Catholic Leadership Centre on 4 August 2022. Our Team was successful in gaining 

  • 2022 Victorian State Winner – Archbishop’s Award for Social Justice
  • 2022 Finalist – Monash University Social Entrepreneurship

As a result we were then invited to the 2022 National Finals and last Wednesday, we were so excited to hear that that St Paul the Apostle School, Doreen had won the National Award for 

  • 2022 National Winner for Social Entrepreneurship
  • 2022 Finalist – Social Justice

As a result of our project, our STEM Ambassadors have been invited to showcase our “Trash to Fash” project to a National and International audience at the 2022 National Catholic Education Conference held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. We look forward to seeing our Senior Students interact with other students and educators discussing their challenges using scientific, technical, engineering, artistic and mathematical problem solving in their own individual projects.

We are extremely proud of our achievements in STEM Education.In 2021 we were able to win a number of State Awards with our ‘Alertron Cat Collar’ Project

  • 2021 Winner – Thinking Outside of the Box  Mathematics Award
  • 2021 Winner – Zoos Victoria Award
  • 2021 Winner – Arkaroola Contribution to Wildlife Conservation Award

Click here for see our Winning 2021 Alertron Project

We thank all our Senior Students for their participation in this project, in particular, our STEM Ambassadors who have consistently shown a level of commitment and passion to take our ‘Trash to Fash’ Project to another level. We are very fortunate at SPA.

Special thanks to Laura Vissaritis (Ms V), Mr Fabri and all staff involved in the project.

A wonderful achievement all round.