Cleveland school rewarded for helping protect the Great Barrier Reef
Cleveland District State High School near Brisbane has scooped an environmental accolade for protecting their local environment and the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) will present the school with $1000, as part of the annual Reef Guardian Schools Awards.
GBRMPA Stakeholder Engagement and Stewardship Director Karen Vohland said the school earned the Waste Watchers Award for their reducing, reusing and recycling initiatives and raised awareness about the importance of waste management.
“Our Reef Guardian School students are the future custodians of the Great Barrier Reef and these awards acknowledge their efforts caring for their local environment and promoting real change in their communities,” she said.
“It’s about empowering students and giving them a sense of involvement in the bigger environmental picture, encouraging them to make a positive difference.”
Cleveland District State High School Principal Paul Bancroft said it was exciting to see the school receiving this recognition.
"The award recognises the fantastic effort of students and teachers who implement projects that not only improve the sustainability of our school community but also help to protect the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.
"As a member of the Council of International Schools, we are proud to be Reef Guardians educating our students from around the world on reef-friendly practices.”
Year 12 student Olivia Hill said she always believed that when young people came together, and put their minds to addressing a particular issue, amazing things happened.
“Student voice is one of the most important tools used in a student's education and that’s what makes projects such as the Reef Guardian program so important to my fellow students and myself,” she said.
“These projects help us see we are not just one student sitting in a classroom but we are individuals connected to the issues of our time and can collectively work together to make a positive change in our world.
“When young people make a stand and express their passion for change, incredibly inspirational things occur.”
Other Annual Awards winners include Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre, Redlynch State College, Kidz at the Beach (Bowen), Kalkie State School, The Hall State School, North Rockhampton State High School, Hervey Bay State High School, Beaconsfield State School and Belgian Gardens State School.
More than 285 schools and over 113,000 students take part in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Schools program across Queensland.
Each school undertakes a variety of activities aimed at improving the Reef’s health and resilience.
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