Hands-on Learning at Great Barrier Reef

Over the mid-year holiday break, 51 Year 8 students ventured to the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef to complete a six-day marine biology program at the Lizard Island National Park.

Spread across three groups, the students focused on marine ecology and the significant effects of natural disasters and coral bleaching on the reef.

Days consisted of lectured provided by expert marine biologists, with students then entering the crystal blue waters to put their learning into practice.

Armed with underwater slates, pencils and cameras, they observed and collated data on reef structure, fish behaviour, coral cover and coral bleaching to bring back to the lab to analyse.

Ben Robbins

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