Low Isles lowdown

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

ALEXAN­DRA Bay staff and Year 7 stu­dents were grate­ful re­cip­i­ents of a free trip from Quick­sil­ver out to Low Isles for a day last week.

The weather was magic, the wa­ter was still and the beach had plenty of shade,’’ said Alexan­dra Bay State School prin­ci­pal Chani Card­well.

‘‘ It was an event­ful day and the crew were ex­tremely help­ful and catered for all stu­dents and in­di­vid­ual school pro­grams. On the guided snorkelling trip stu­dents saw Nemo, gi­ant tur­tles and a huge va­ri­ety of coral and fish. They also sighted ev­i­dence that the coral had just started spawn­ing.’’

The Alexan­dra Bay staff and stu­dents en­joyed the ed­u­ca­tional and re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as their last days of pri­mary school come to an end.

‘‘ Our bril­liant stu­dents have strived in aca­demic achieve­ment and are fan­tas­tic lead­ers in our com­mu­nity school. They rel­ished the ex­pe­ri­ence to ex­plore the Great Bar­rier Reef, which is a rich and di­verse en­vi­ron­ment,’’ Chani Card­well said.

The chil­dren cer­tainly made the most of the trip. ‘‘It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and I loved the day!,’’ said Floyd Gall­away. ‘‘It was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity,’’ was Amos Lilley’s verdict, while Alex Parker said ‘‘I never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like it – it was bril­liant to see the reef and its wildlife.’’ Macy Scouller thanked Quick­sil­ver and the help­ful crew.

Michael Healy, Quick­sil­ver group di­rec­tor sales and mar­ket­ing, said: ‘‘Quick­sil­ver for many years has pro­vided a com­pli­men­tary day trip to Low Isles for all Grade 7 chil­dren in the Dou­glas Shire. This year more than 170 chil­dren trav­elled to gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the place they call home and to learn about the won­der­ful and unique en­vi­ron­ment they live in be­tween the of world Her­itage Rain­for­est and Great Bar­rier Reef.’’

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