GBRMPA visit with ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­tect the reef

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

STU­DENTS with a gift for science were ac­knowl­edged with a Science Day of Ex­cel­lence at the Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege last week.

The Great Bar­rier Reef Marine Park Au­thor­ity (GBRMPA) vis­ited a se­lect num­ber of stu­dents from Years 3-6 and to­gether prac­tised drain sten­cilling, a rub­bish au­dit and ex­plored sus­tain­able fish­ing prac­tices.

The fo­cus of this day was on our marine life and how to pro­tect our an­i­mals in the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The au­thor­ity iden­ti­fied with the stu­dents what makes the Great Bar­rier Reef so spe­cial and pre­cious.

They cre­ated aware­ness through drain sten­cilling about where our rub­bish goes and the im­pact it has on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Stu­dents in­vited to take part were se­lected based on their gift­ing and in­ter­est in the area of science.

Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer Jodi Evans said the feed­back was pos­i­tive, and GBRMPA were def­i­nitely in­vited to come back again.

“Stu­dents re­ally loved the ac­tiv­i­ties and learnt a lot about the dif­fer­ent an­i­mals liv­ing in the Great Bar­rier Reef and how we can do sim­ple things to make sure that we are pro­tect­ing them through our ac­tions and not putting them in harm’s way,” she said.

Ms Evans said the school was pas­sion­ate about pro­tect- ing the reef, es­pe­cially be­ing lo­cated in the Whit­sun­days, and was look­ing at cre­at­ing a more ac­tive part­ner­ship with GBRMPA’s Reef Guardian pro­gram in the fu­ture.

BRAINI­ACS: El­iza Macken­zie from Grade 2/3G, Lilly Tarver (3F), Hazell Far­rell (2/3G), Ethan Hall (3F), Olivia Dib­bin (3F) and Mya Pini (3F).

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