Busselton Jetty is taking marine education to local schools in a new program focusing on the colourful 153 year history and community value of the iconic heritage listed asset.
The incursion program has been designed for students in Year 4 to 6 and Year 7 to 10 and would also focus on biodiversity and conservation. Topics include history and preservation, marine life and biodiversity and plastic pollution and conservation. The incursions will include an interactive presentation with lots of amazing photos, facts and questions for the students. The presentation will be followed by a hands-on workshop with different activity stations using digital technology, samples, specimens, information sheets and posters with worksheets to complete.
The program launched on Tuesday June 5, also World Environment Day, at Georgiana Molloy Anglican School (GMAS).
GMAS was approached to host the launch as they are an environmentally focused school and highly motivated in the areas of sustainability, recycling and limiting waste.
Busselton Jetty CEO Lisa Shreeve said she hoped the new program would encourage and inspire a new generation of Jetty advocates.
“We’d love for the students to become passionate about the Jetty, helping to preserve it for future generations the same way the group of Jetty community leaders did 40 years ago” she said.
This program will be free to schools and is made possible thanks to the support of Rio Tinto and the Busselton Jetty Environment Fund.
Justin Francesconi, Superintendent Community Engagement, said Rio Tinto is proud to support this valuable community initiative.
“This program strongly aligns to our focus on investing in programmes that encourage young people to explore, learn and take action to build a sustainable future” Justin said.
The first 12 months of the program will focus on schools within a 50km radius and will available to book from term three 2018.