Ripples of environmental change for local schools

Published: 08/04/2014

Four education centres in the Whitsunday region received a boost to help their students make positive environmental changes in their community and for the Great Barrier Reef.

St Catherine's School Proserpine, Eimeo Road State School, 121 Childcare Centre Cannonvale and Swayneville State School each received a $500 Ripples of Change grant from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

GBRMPA Reef Guardian schools acting program manager Carolyn Luder said the Ripples of Change grants helped Reef Guardian Schools kick-start or expand projects that addressed threats to the Reef.

“121 Childcare Centre and Eimeo Road State School will use the funding to plant trees in their school grounds,” she said.

“Swayneville State School are installing drip irrigation to reduce water use for maintaining gardens.

“St Catherine’s School will be revegetating wetlands and creating a bush tucker garden and rainforest area.

“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.”

St Catherine’s School are excited to be one of 20 recipients of the Ripples of Change grant in 2014.

St Catherine’s head of science Tanya Pernase said students were motivated to get involved in Reef Guardian projects and were keen to increase environmental awareness within the school and community.

“Last year we launched the Turtle Club, a young science ambassador group where students give up their lunch break once a week to learn about biology, physics, chemistry and the environment” she said.

“The Ripples of Change grant will help the Turtle Club create sustainable gardens fertilised through composting and build a wetland at the Manresa Campus to educate students about this type of ecosystem.”

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 received Ripples of Change grants for projects including building sensory gardens, composting, reducing water use, and drain stencilling to educate about litter and stormwater.

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.

St Catherine’s College were excited to be presented with a $500 Ripples of Change grant to help continue to implement Reef Guardian activities. They will be focusing on creating sustainable gardens and creating a wetland within the school.

Above: Kate Finch (GBRMPA), Caleb Robinson (student), Tanya Pernase (Teacher) from St Catherine’s College were excited to be presented with a $500 Ripples of Change grant to help continue to implement Reef Guardian activities. 


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