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Global Tropics Excursion May 30

​The GTF Year 6 Crew
One of many aspects of our “Inclusivity” focus this year is to ensure our Gifted and Talented students are catered to. Several students from Year 5 and 6 that excelled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects were selected to participate in a JCU/Smithfield SHS initiative called Global Tropics Futures. The focus for the Year 6 group is to research the health of the Great Barrier Reef and what better way to do that than visit the reef in person? Mr Michael Ellison from SSHS has been leading this group throughout the year and did a wonderful job organising this excursion to allow the students to “Be a Marine Biologist for a Day”. I’ll let the students themselves explain:
Ursula Rose: On May 30th, we, five year sixes, went to Moore Reef to participate in the Marine Biologist for a Day program as a part of the Global Tropics Futures (GTF) program. We had lots of fun, and learnt a lot of important and interesting facts about the Great Barrier Reef. We went snorkelling off a pontoon in the outer reef, and saw sharks, turtles, corals, and fish. We collected important information about the marine life and the health of the reef. Our day included glass bottom boat tours, a marine underwater observatory, a jet water slide and a marine life touch tank. We were joined by other students from all over North Queensland, who were also involved in the GTF program. We all had a great day at the reef and enjoyed snorkelling and learning new things.
Ashlee Browning: On the 30th of May, five year sixes went to Moore Reef to participate in the Marine Biologist for a Day program, as part of the Global Tropics Program. We visited a pontoon above the reef where we snorkelled, analysed different types of coral and marine life and collected vital information with experienced marine biologists. This program included multiple glass bottom boat tours with a theme park jet water slide, a marine life touch tank and an underwater observatory. Part of our experience was meeting various students from schools across the regions, who were also involved in the program. Other than the rough journey to the outer reef, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and learnt more about the risks of global warming and the effects of climate change on the reef.