Student Awards


Movers Choice Award in the national Archibull Prize

McAuley College, Beaudesert won the Movers Choice Award in the national Archibull Prize, as well as highly commended awards in the infographic and blog categories. The entry ‘Boots McCowley’ was one of nine national finalists in the program that invites students to research an agricultural industry and share their findings through artwork. McAuley students created a full-sized fibreglass cow. Students are encouraged to consider the greatest challenges to Australian agriculture, including climate change, food and fashion waste, declining natural resources and biosecurity, and invited to be part of the solution.


School Sport Australia Swimming Championships

St Rita’s School, Victoria Point, student Sophie Edwards took home three gold medals from the School Sport Australian Swimming Championships in Melbourne. Sophie won the 12-year-old girls 100m backstroke, and as a member of the relay teams won gold in the 4x50m medley and freestyke relays.


Gold Coast School Sustainability Award

St Francis Xavier School, Runaway Bay earned the prestigious Gold Coast School Sustainability Symposium sustainability award through the school’s ‘2020 vision for a cleaner and greener school’ presentation. These awards are an initiative of the Sustainable Schools Network and Gecko Environment Council and encourage students to consider sustainability, particularly in their school. To drive environmental programs, the school will expand the Year 6 Sustainability Committee to include younger students as well as parents, and will network with environmental organisations and other schools to exchange ideas and work together to achieve successful programs for a sustainable future.


Bundaberg Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards

Unique ideas and concepts conceived by St Mary’s College, Maryborough students received a first and second place at the annual Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards. Year 7 students, Skyla Birch and Ava Smith’s innovative concept ‘Lost Dawgz’ earned them an all-expenses paid trip to Sydney to visit Telstra’s Innovation Lab. Second place was taken by Emily Elford, Victoria Heggie and Jozephyne Kruger's 'Tank Float' idea. Entrants had to solve an issue or problem in the local area with innovative solutions. The awards were created to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the region's young people and open to all secondary schools in the Fraser Coast region.


Caltex award winner

Malu Bow from Guardian Angels’ School Wynnum received a Caltex Service to the Schools Award, and was recognised for her outstanding contribution to school and community through the school’s sustainability group, Earth Guardians. The group meets at lunchtime to discuss ways to make the school a more environmentally friendly place. Initiatives from the group include ceasing the use of  plastic straws in the tuckshop, an upgrade to the school garden, and encouraging students to pick up litter.