In Week 8, twelve Year 11 Science students attended a fantastic excursion to Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Students were provided with the unique opportunity to study the reef and use the research laboratories provided by the University of Queensland. During the week, they were able to observe first-hand current research on the effects of global warming and ocean acidification on coral reefs. Students completed project work on a variety of Marine Science topics. They enjoyed snorkelling three times a day where they saw a wide variety of marine life. Turtles were hatching on the island and they saw baby turtles both during the day and on night reef walks. Students were able to put into practice some of their science sampling techniques and upload the data into a real coral research database. Everyone had such a great time immersing themselves in island life that when Saturday came they didn’t want to leave.
Mrs Vicky Fisher and Mr Matt Hutton