North Rockhampton State High School rewarded for environmental efforts

Published: 01/02/2013

North Rockhampton State High School has scooped an environmental accolade for protecting their local environment and the health of 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 Community Connection Award for reaching out to their local community.

“Our Reef Guardian School students are the future custodians of the Great Barrier Reef and these awards acknowledge their efforts to care for their local environment and promote 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.”

North Rockhampton State High School undertook a number of environmental initiatives in 2012 including adopting the local Moore’s Creek area where students conducted environmental monitoring and regular clean-ups to improve ecosystem health.

“The project fostered close partnerships with the Fitzroy River Coastal Catchment and the Central Queensland Local Government Association which has helped the students to understand how the creek would have degenerated without their involvement,” Ms Vohland said.

“The Moore’s Creek project is a fantastic example of the great work communities can do to help the local environment and promote real change,” said Ms Vohland.

The program has the full support of the school which involved letting the students and select teachers spend whole days at the creek to gather data, as well as allowing one lesson a week down at the creek.  Activities at the creek are promoted through school and community media.

Warwick Atkinson, teacher at North Rockhampton State High, said the award was a great achievement for the staff and students who worked on the Moore’s Creek project.

“The efforts of collecting sponsorship, community involvement and hard work have produced quality outcomes for all involved,” said Mr Atkinson.

Other Annual Awards winners included The Hall State School, Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre, Redlynch State College, Cleveland District State High School, Kidz at the Beach (Bowen), Kalkie State School, Hervey Bay State High School, Beaconsfield State School and Belgian Gardens State School.

293 schools and more than 114,900 students and 7280 teachers, are engaged annually through 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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