About St Aloysius Queenscliff

Saint Aloysius School, Queenscliff, situated on the Bellarine Peninsula is approximately 30 km from Geelong. The school is part of the Parish of Holy Trinity, which encompasses the towns of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale.

Saint Aloysius Catholic Primary School was opened in 1902 by the Sisters of Mercy, in a small, two-room, wooden building. This small building still exists today as part of the parish hall, which is used during the holiday season to accommodate large crowds for Mass.

In 1975 a new school was built. This modern brick structure consisted of three classrooms, a kitchen, a staffroom, an administration block and a small library. Extensive renovations took place in 2010 and 2015 so that St Aloysius is now a contemporary, comfortable learning environment catering for all.

The school population is approximately 140 students, who come from Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale and surrounding areas. The school grounds are safe and secure offering 16 unique learning areas. The play spaces are varied including junior adventure playground and senior adventure playground, netball/basketball court, oval and passive play areas. 

Sustainability and Environment at St Aloysius

St Aloysius has strong ties with community and local environment and over time the school has implemented many innovative and sustainabile practices and programs.

The school environmental initiatives are led by a senior Environmental Leadership Team - a dedicated group of grade 5 and 6 students who lead by example and run lunchtime workshops and activities for younger students. Most recently the team has worked tirelessly to promote landfill waste reduction across the school. Initiatives include reducing the size of class bins and lining them with newspaper instead of plastic liners. This reduced plastic bin liners by 90% in one year! The team also collected bins each week and weighed them, reporting on their data collection at assemblies and in the school newsletter. The team estimates that these measures cut down the school's landfill waste by almost half in just one year.

In 2015, St Aloysius also implemented a rigorous P-6 science program that included Sustainability as one of its key focuses. This curriculum initiative saw students involved in bird and microbat studies; geological mapping of the local environment; plastic debris collection and classification; revegetation of the school garden beds; and regular local environmental walks and clean up activities.

In 2016 St Aloysius will partner with Parks Vic and local council to adopt a local community space adjacent to Swan Bay, for revegetation and maintenance. The space will provide students from all levels the opportunity to learn about plant growth, indigenous and invasive species and care for plants; to learn about land habitats and sea grass habitats; to learn photography skills; to use mathematics and geography skills in real life situations; and to use literacy to process all their learning in a meaningful way.

In 2016 St Aloysius will host a local Kids teaching Kids conference during KTK week in September. The Bruny Island experience, Swan Bay studies and Port Phillip Bay experiences will be just some of the scientific based experiences that will be shared at this conference.

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