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VCAL program wins the Premier’s Award for Sustainability

two school teachers with the Minister

VCAL teachers from the River Nile School,
Francesca Pisano (left) and Maggie Bradley (right),
with Lily D’Ambrosio,
Minister for Energy, Environment
and Climate Change (centre)

The River Nile School in North Melbourne has won the Education category in this year's Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards for its Sustainability across VCAL Curriculum program.

The school offers programs delivering the VCAL curriculum to re-engage refugee and asylum seeker school-aged young women aged 15–22 who may have experienced disrupted schooling, are newly arrived to Australia, or find a flexible learning environment most suitable.

The topic of sustainability was a key theme throughout 2018. Students learnt about the topic in depth, culminating in two student-led projects – a Sustainability Expo and a Sustainability Market.

Sustainability Victoria’s interim Chief Executive, Carl Muller, said the awards showed how management of environmental issues was of growing importance for all Victorians.

‘Each year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards continue to discover Victoria’s best and most inspiring Victorian individuals, organisations and businesses who are developing and implementing new sustainable practices,’ he said.

‘Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Your contributions will have positive long-term benefits for us all.’

Read more about the River Nile School’s award-winning VCAL program.