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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Planning a camping trip

Lesson 1  Where is Bruny Island and how does it compare to where I live?

Locate Bruny Island on a map of Australia, look at the geographical map provided and read the geographical facts on the Wikipedia page. Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruny_Island


  How far is Bruny Island from where you live? Use Distances.com to help you: http://www.distancesfrom.com/

  How does Bruny Island compare to where you live in: size (km2), landscape (natural and man made features) shape,

  How would you get to Bruny Island from where you live?    Reference: http://www.stradbrokeislandgalleon.com/BrunyIsland.html


What things might you do on Bruny Island? Reference: https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Travel-g504285-c139321/Bruny-Island:Australia:More.Than.Just.One.Day.html

Plan your camping trip travel schedule and some activities youmight do while you are there.

Lesson 2   What is the weather like there?

Travel advice to Bruny Island suggests that one should check the weather before taking walking trips and ALWAYS BRING A RAIN JACKET. Why do you think this advice is given?

Look at the interactive weather map on the BOM site and observe wind wave directions around the southern end of Tasmania. What do you see? Reference: http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/viewer/index.shtml?type=windWave&tz=AEDT&area=Au&model=CG&chartSubmit=Refresh+View


Look at the topographical map on the website given. What geographical features of South Bruny Island might influence the weather there? Reference: http://en-au.topographic-map.com/places/Bruny-Island-923079/

Look at the range of temperatures experienced over the course of a week on Bruny Island in Summer and Winter. What kinds of clothes and equipment might you need to stay on the island for five days in Summer and in Winter?

Plan your camping trip clothing and equipment list

Lesson 3  What kinds of animals live there and why?

The Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania flyer explains that Bruny Island and Green Island (close by) are important breeding grounds for some endangered bird species. Reference:  http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/file.aspx?id=6400

Why do you think the birds mentioned would find a safe and appropriate home on Bruny Island?

Why do you think South Bruny Island “provides ideal habitat for many threatened and endemic fauna species.”?

What does ‘endemic’ and ‘fauna’ mean?

Make a list of the kinds of animals and plant you might like to see and photograph on your camping trip. Sketch at least three of your top choices, and make some notes so that you remember what they look like and can look out for them on your trip.

Lesson 4  Who found Bruny Island - Who was there first?

Read the history of Bruny Island and create a timeline to show significant dates in the occupation of Bruny Island and visits by explorers. References: http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/B/Bruny%20Island.htm;    http://www.brunyislandferry.com/history.html

Why would many significant indigenous artefacts and sites from the Bruny Island region now be under water?

When the first humans inhabited the Bruny Island area, the climate was ‘similar to that of Alaska today’. What is that like?

Read about the search for the Bruny Island Mission. Why wasn’t the Mission a successful idea?  Reference: http://www.aboriginalheritage.tas.gov.au/editorials/search-for-the-bruny-island-mission

Find “Murrayfield” the site of the original Bruny Island Mission, on a map of Bruny Island and write a set of directions on how to get there from the ferry terminal so you can visit on your camping trip.

Lesson 5   What is it made from?

Much of Tasmania, and Bruny Island included, sits on a bed of dolerite. This is a very different natural material than the limestone bed underpinning Queenscliff. Reference: http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2013/02/12/3688295.htm

What is dolerite?

What properties does dolerite have that influence the land and uses of the natural materials?

Where on Bruny Island might you observe some dolerite landforms?

Find these locations and note their GPS coordinates so you can find them again on your camping trip.


Bush Blitz Day 2: Tuesday 16th February

Today’s preparations began around 6:15am with a quick shower, breakfast and making lunch to take on our adventures. The BushBlitz teachers were divided amongst the scientists to help them with their collecting. Mary-Ann and I were assigned to Fiona, a marine algae expert and Kirrily, a marine invertebrate expert.

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Bush Blitz Day 1: Monday 15th February

Today we spent the morning making sure everyone was well prepared for the week ahead – with the right clothes, the right shoes and all the right gear. The weather can change very quickly on Bruny Island from fine and mild one minute to cold, windy and rainy the next.

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