Calvary Christian College in Townsville, Queensland, has scooped a prize for making positive environmental changes in their school to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) presented the school with $1000 as part of the annual Reef Guardian Schools Awards.
GBRMPA Reef Guardian Schools acting program manager Carolyn Luder said the school received the Waste Watchers Award for reducing, reusing and recycling waste.
“The awards recognise Reef Guardian School students and teachers who are committed to helping protect their local environment and the Great Barrier Reef,” 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 environment and promote real change in their communities.”
Calvary Christian College students conducted surveys to identify how to minimise waste around the school and in response, implemented a resource conservation and waste management strategy.
Calvary Christian College Agricultural Studies teacher Tanya Eley said students have implemented a number of waste management strategies across the school including mulching the gardens with shredded paper, collecting green waste for gardens composting, and maintaining worm farms to use natural fertiliser.
“We are proud to be Reef Guardians educating our students on sustainability practices within our school community,” Mrs Eley said.
St Joseph’s Mundingburra and Oonoonba State School have also received a funding boost of $500 each through the Reef Guardian Schools Ripples of Change grants.
St Joseph’s Mundingburra will use the funding towards creating a sensory garden for students to learn in and Oonoonba State School will implement a new compost system to enable them to recycle food scraps creating compost for their new bush tucker garden.
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.
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