The Hall State School Reef Guardian Award presentation

Published: 28/11/2011

The Hall State High School is one of ten Reef Guardian Schools throughout the state that are being rewarded for their commitment to keeping the Great Barrier Reef healthy through environmental initiatives undertaken in the past year.

The school will be presented with a Reef Guardian School Annual Award of $1000 tomorrow, as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Reef Guardian Schools program.

Reef Guardian Acting Director Nathan Walker said the school would receive the "Community Connection Award" for delivering their sustainability messages to the community through a variety of creative forms.

"The Hall State School held a 'Kids Teaching Kids' mini-conference earlier this year, where they presented information about their catchment area to other students," Mr Walker said.

"They used a variety of mediums to deliver their key environmental messages to the community, such as newsletters, drama, art, dance, music and technology.

"Through their Reef Guardian activities the school has seen improvements in environmental attitudes and community behaviours in regards to environmental protection."

Reef Guardian Schools are located throughout the Great Barrier Reef catchment and each undertakes a variety of activities aimed at improving the Reef's health and resilience.

Through these activities students learn about the connections between the land and the Reef and the role they can play in looking after it.

There are currently 279 schools and over 110,000 students involved in the Reef Guardian Schools program, which is now in its ninth year.

All Reef Guardian Schools manage their own resources (energy, waste, water and biodiversity), and educate their friends, families and communities about the difference we can all make by 'working together today for a healthier Reef tomorrow'.


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