Ripples of environmental change for Ingham schools

Published: 08/04/2014

Trebonne State School and Victoria Plantation State School near Ingham 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 each school with a $500 Ripples of Change funding grant, as part of the agency’s annual Reef Guardian School awards.

GBRMPA Reef Guardian schools acting program manager Carolyn Luder said the Ripples of Change grants helped Reef Guardian Schools kick-start sustainability projects.

“Both of the schools are focusing on frog pond ecosystems to give students the opportunity to investigate a wetland and the species that can be found within this habitat,” she said.

“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.

“In addition to the grants for these schools, we’ve also welcomed Ingham State School in to to the Reef Guardian Schools program.

“They are looking forward to implementing drain stencilling in 2014 to help raise awareness about the impact of litter on the Reef.”

Each year 20 Reef Guardian Schools receive a Ripples of Change grant to support expanding existing sustainability projects or implementing new Reef Guardian projects within the school or community.

This year, Reef Guardian Schools across the catchment are receiving Ripples of Change grants for projects including building sensory gardens, composting, reducing water use and growing their own food in gardens.

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.

 Year 6/7 Captains at Ingham State School Delta Hatfield, Ava Stanford, Brody Mombelli and Trent Altadonna were excited for their school to be welcomed to the Reef Guardian Schools program. There are 308 schools and over 123, 000 students engaged in the program across Queensland helping to protect the Great Barrier Reef together.

Above: Year 6/7 Captains at Ingham State School Delta Hatfield, Ava Stanford, Brody Mombelli and Trent Altadonna were excited for their school to be welcomed to the Reef Guardian Schools program.   


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