Gladstone schools rewarded for helping protect the Reef

Published: 08/04/2014

Three Gladstone schools received a boost to help their students make positive environmental changes in their community and for the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) presented Gladstone State High School with an annual Award of $1000 recognising their innovative actions as Reef Guardian champions.

Gladstone South State School and Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School also each received a $500 Ripples of Change funding grant to support new environmental projects at their schools.

GBRMPA Reef Guardian schools acting program manager Carolyn Luder said the funding would help kick start gardening projects, support student science programs and improve litter management.

“Reef Guardian School students are future custodians of the Great Barrier Reef and it’s important to encourage them to care for their local environment and promote real change in their communities,” she said.

Gladstone State High School teacher Holly Lambert said they were thrilled to receive a Bright Sparks Annual Award recognising the creative approach they took to overcome an environmental challenge at the school.

“It was difficult to find a waste management project that fitted into our large high school setting so we created our own – The Rubbish Race,” Ms Lambert said.  

“It is a whole-school initiative aimed at improving littering, educating the wider school community and rewarding student’s extra efforts in reducing litter around the school.

“We are really looking forward to 2014 and the opportunities receiving a Bright Sparks Award will have for The Rubbish Race and our school.”

More than 300 schools and over 123,000 students take part in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Schools program across Queensland.

Through this environmental education program each school undertakes a variety of activities aimed at improving the Reef’s health and resilience.

 Student leaders at Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School Gladstone, Dylan Walz, Ella McCraig, Alyssa Rabnottt and Ben Whelan, are getting busy with Reef Guardian projects for 2014. Through the Ripples of Change grant they will improve their garden area through initiatives such as using water for the gardens collected in rainwater tanks.

Above: Student leaders at Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School Gladstone, Dylan Walz, Ella McCraig, Alyssa Rabnottt and Ben Whelan, are getting busy with Reef Guardian projects for 2014. Through the Ripples of Change grant they will improve their garden area through initiatives such as using water for the gardens collected in rainwater tanks.

 


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