New Reef Guardians for the Reef

Published: 21/02/2014

Twenty two new schools across Queensland have joined the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Schools program, bringing the total number to more than 300.

Currently in its 12th year, the environmental education program now involves more than 123,000 students across Queensland. 

GBRMPA Reef Guardian Schools acting program manager Carolyn Luder said students learn about the Reef’s ecosystem and the role they can take in protecting it for the future. They learn that activities in the catchments can affect the health of the Reef.

“We’re delighted to welcome the newest schools and centres to the program,” she said.

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

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

Among the latest schools to join the program is the Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Annandale, Townsville.

Centre Director Loretta Fox said students benefited from being involved in the program because they were able to contribute their ideas and learn about how to protect and look after our environment. 

“We are excited for our Centre to join the Reef Guardians program because it is a great learning experience for our students,” Mrs Fox said.

Each new school will undertake a variety of activities aimed at improving the health and resilience of the Reef and the local catchment environment.

Past projects include revegetating wetlands, recycling and energy reduction initiatives in classrooms, and building gardens to educate students about sustainability, food production and ecology.

The Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Annandale joins the program in 2014 along with the following schools.

Region New Reef Guardian schools
Cairns Goodstart Early Learning Manunda, Goodstart Early Learning Mooroobool,  C & K Gordonvale Kindergarten, C & K Mourilyan District Kindergarten and Radiant Life College.
Townsville Goodstart Early Learning Deeragun, Goodstart Early Learning Douglas, Goodstart Early Learning Idalia Village Drive, Goodstart Early Learning Annandale Brazier Drive and Rollingstone State School.
Mackay C & K Eimeo Road Community Kindergarten, C & K Mackay Kindergarten & Preschool, Goodstart Early Learning Rural View and Mackay Central State School.
Rockhampton Glenmore State High School and Waraburra State School.
Gladstone Stepping Stones Child Care Centre Gladstone and Yarwun State School.
Bundaberg Bundaberg North State High School, Givelda State School, Kepnock State High School and Rosedale State School.


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