Living the Vision Awards of Excellence Winners
The Living the Vision Awards of Excellence was commenced in 2008.
It emanated from a deep desire to recognise and celebrate excellence in
Catholic Education and how to foster creativity, encourage innovation
and expand opportunity in our schools.
In 2009 our winning applications fell into three main categories predominantly:
In the catedory of 'Truth and Justice' we have one winner:
Sacred Heart College, Sorento - Young Vinnie Group
Sacred Heart College, Sorrento was honoured for the outstanding work of
its Young Vinnie Group, which meets weekly with up to 80 participants.
The group raises funds through raffles, cake stalls, soup days and
winter sleep outs and then puts the money towards coordinating a number
of activities through the year.
At a ‘Fun Day Out’ 50 under-privileged primary school children were
provided with a meal and a hamper of food and household items. Migrant
picnics are held twice a year where up to 70 new migrant and refugee
families are entertained on a Sunday afternoon.
Students and staff also cook meals for Shopfront - a drop-in-centre and
one of the Archbishop’s LifeLink charities. The Young Vinnies have
shown a longstanding commitment to serving the needs of their local
In the category of 'Developing a Hunger for the Learning Adventure' we have two equal winners:
Christian Brothers College, Fremantle - Reading Program
Reading Christian Brothers College, Fremantle was awarded for its
innovative and highly successful reading program. Upon identifying that
around 20% of boys entering the school were in need of literacy
intervention to access secondary curriculum, CBC decided to take action.
Employing the Scholastic Lexile Program, students are encouraged to
reach the 1200 Club (adult reading level).
The boys have to read five books a term at their level or above and
then sit an online comprehension quiz on each book. Results show that
70% of students have shown marked improvement, with a number reaching
the 1200 Club.
As an incentive, students receive various awards along the way as
milestones are achieved. These include certificates, book vouchers and
having their photograph displayed in the school library and the
newsletter. The reading program has led to animated discussions on
books, boys reading at home and at-risk students improving dramatically.
This program plays an important role in the outstanding results the
College has been achieving at Year 12 level for the last several
La Salle College, Middle Swan - Shared Learning
This award acknowledged the efforts of the La Salle College in
encouraging academic excellence and improving achievement for upper
Secondary students, particularly those aspiring to gain entry into
competitive university courses. Keen to foster excellence, the College
established the Prometheus Club (named for the wisest of the Titans in
Greek mythology) for high-achieving students in Year 11 and 12.
attend weekly three-hour study sessions at the school where they engage
in shared learning and peer tutoring. Teachers also attend these
Once a month a guest speaker presents information on a range of topics
including study skills, dealing with stress and various career options
and university courses. Data shows that 90% of Year 12 students in the
Prometheus Club maintained or improved their Year 11 results.
Additionally 80% of Year 12 members improved on their Semester One
results in the second half of theyear. The Prometheus Club has been so
successful that a similar program has now been established for Year 10
students - the Daedalus Club. With the extra support and stimulation
provided by this program, La Salle students are becoming
self-sufficient, ambitious lifelong learners.
In the category 'Walking together in the Spirit of Reconciliation and Forgiveness' we have one winner:
Banksia Grove Catholic Primary School - Building Community
A newly-established and highly diverse community, Banksia Grove
Catholic Primary School has put in place a range of practices to build
community which connect with both the faith life and cultures in the
school, especially the Aboriginal culture.
School prayer sees students experience stories from both the Old and
New Testaments and connect these to daily aspects of their lives and
their stories. Students experience the power of story through listening,
performing, retelling and reflecting. The stories are told through
echo, mime, liquid pictures, puppets and big books and link in with a
profound acknowledgement of Aboriginal culture.
Storytelling is also a
big part of Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week, Harmony Day and early
childhood education. A whole-school retreat at the beginning of Lent
includes a labyrinth walk and Aboriginal storytellers and artists who
depict the creation story.