New schools pledge support for the Great Barrier Reef

Published: 30/04/2012

Gooburrum State School in Bundaberg is one of fourteen new schools to show their support for the Great Barrier Reef by signing up for the Reef Guardian Schools program.

They join over 113,500 students from 285 schools across Queensland engaged through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's (GBRMPA) environmental stewardship and education program.

GBRMPA Reef Guardians Director Karen Vohland congratulated the school on joining the program that sees students become stewards for the Reef.

"The key objective of the Reef Guardian Schools program is to create awareness, understanding and appreciation for the Reef and connected ecosystems," Ms Vohland said.

"Through the program, schools have undertaken energy audits, created worm farms, grown their own fruit and vegetables and taken part in local litter clean ups.

"The program also encourages schools to create partnerships with local environmental groups and get involved in government environment initiatives aimed at protecting the Reef.

"It is hoped that students involved in the program are engendered with a sense of environmental stewardship that continues to endure as they mature and become active community members.

"The Reef Guardian Schools program gives teachers access to environmental-themed curriculum material and students are involved in activities both in and outside the classroom to help protect the Reef.

The other 13 schools to join the program are:

  • St Lawrence State School, Nebo State School, Northview State School and Hampden State School – Mackay Swayneville State School and Sarina State High School – Sarina
  • Pimlico State High School – Townsville
  • Ayr State High School – Ayr
  • Tully State School, Mount Molloy State School, Trinity Anglican School (Kewarra Beach Junior School), Trinity Anglican School (White Rock Senior School) – Cairns and Far Northern region
  • Tannum Sands State School – Gladstone region.

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Contact: 07 4750 0846