St Paul the Apostle School has been involved in an incredible STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Journey for many years now. Last year our STEM MAD (Making a Difference) team came up with a wonderful inquiry based project that attracted a lot of attention whilst also winning two State Awards and a National Award in our STEM Making a Difference Initiative.
We would love to showcase our amazing Trash to Fash Project which is now on ABC Education TVs ‘Youth Waste Warriors – Trash to Fash’ Episode hosted by Craig Reucassel as part of the War on Waste Series. An ABC Film Crew and Production Team arrived at SPA on the 20 June 2023 to document out Learning Journey and a short video for ABC Education TV.
We are so proud of our STEM Ambassadors and the way that our staff and children have embraced this type of learning. We really believe that it makes a difference.
Trash to Fash is now available on Iview as part ABC Education TV Youth Waste Warriors Series. Don’t forget Miss V’s (Our STEM Science Teacher)  wonderful show with Joel Creasey ‘A New Leash on Life’ also available on iView
Trash to Fash will be available via the app Iview
Dear Everyone
On Thursday 18 May 2023, we were involved in the Bridge Inn North District Cross Carnival which was held at Bundoora Park. 
Luckily enough, the sun was shining and all our runners were able to perform at their very best. We had a squad of just under 50 children compete.

We had five runners who finished in the top 10 within their age group (Ivy , Reuben , Ethan , Hudson  and Otis ) meaning they have qualified for the next stage which will be on the 30th May. 

A wonderful achievement and we thank all the children for trying their best

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.