St.Louis de Montforts Catholic Primary School in Aspendale was named as the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Kevin Heinze Perpetual Award for school garden excellence.
In addition to the considerable prestige, this award carries a prize value of $3000 which will no doubt be directed towards furthering the magnificent school garden program at St.Louis de Montforts.
Over 440 school children were witness to the Awards presentation at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, representing schools from all over Victoria who had successfully navigated through regional rounds of judging in the various categories.
Other major prizes presented were:
• Turf Victoria Award – Rowville Primary School
• Flemings Nurseries Mini Orchard Award – Clonard College
• State Awards
Strathewen Primary School
Huntly Primary School
Bentleigh West Primary School
• Plants Plus – Most habitat-friendly garden winners
Our Lady of Christians School
Frankston Special Development School
Glen Katherine Primary School
St.Michaels Grammar School
• Plants Plus – Most creative new garden using recycled materials
Nepean Primary School
Tooradin Primary School
Coatesville Primary School
Carrum Downs Secondary College
• Catholic Education Office – Most engaging student garden for teaching and play
Tawonga Primary School
Mildura Specialist School
The Patch Primary School
Cathedral College Wangaratta
• Maxicrop – Best Edible Garden
Toolangi Primary School
Tyabb Railway Station Primary School
Clayton North Primary School
Murrayville Community College
• Plants Plus – Most creative use of the school garden as a demonstration site for sustainable gardening in the community
Wooragee Primary School
Yarra Primary School
Templestowe Valley Primary School
Oxley Christian College
Judging was based upon student involvement, parental, teacher and community involvement, general appearance and use, special features, new developments and grounds facilities.
The total prize pool allocated to winners in the various categories was approx. $40 000.