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Major award for sustainability work

Exciting news that Clare Tuohy has won Sustainability Victoria ‘s ResourceSmart Schools Teacher of the Year (Secondary) Award, for her hard work promoting social and environmental justice.

Clare received her award today at the MCG event, hosted by radio personality Sammy J. She was honoured for her outstanding work developing the Beacon of Hope Community Garden at the Pakenham Campus, which grows fresh produce for people in the local region experiencing food insecurity.

She worked in collaboration with Sustain: The Australian Food Network , Flourish and the Cardinia Food Movement.Clare also established the College’s involvement with SolarBuddy, where College students help assemble solar-powered lights for students living without power in East Timor and Bangladesh.

In her acceptance speech, Clare humbly paid tribute to the College and its commitment to the environment. “Our community garden has been incredibly successful,” she said, reiterating her mantra that Beaconhills “doesn’t want to be the best school in the world, but the best school for the world.”

Clare is a long-serving Beaconhills staff member, stepping down at the end of 2021 as the Head of Citizenship and Service.

The ResourceSmart School Awards are Victoria’s largest sustainability celebration for primary and secondary school students, teachers and school volunteers taking remarkable sustainability action.

Left to right: Adrian Wilson, Bank First (sponsor of the Teacher of the Year), Clare Tuohy and Sammy J.