Thursday, August 28, 2014

Community Action: Our Bucklands Beach Cleanup with MERC

On the 26th of August 3 Yr 4 rooms went to Bucklands Beach to clean up the beach, learn more about the effects of pollution on the environment, and learn about the creatures that live in the rock pools.

The day was calm and sunny and we arrived at the beach after a short bus trip.  After an important safety briefing by the 6 MERC staff, putting on gloves and getting out our pickers, we got straight into the clean up.  We learned that it takes very careful looking to spot the nasty rubbish.  When we looked along the beach it appeared clean... but when we walked slowly and moved the sand around the high tide mark we found a lot of debris!  We also found litter on the bank leading down to the beach.


We found glass, lots of small pieces of plastic, tops off bottles, drinking straws, plastic bags, rotting fish, fishing lines with hooks still attached, paper, and a used hypodermic needle that only the MERC helpers handled.


Vicky holding up glass




Our Beach Safari Learning Activities:
We spent the second part of our day learning more about why rubbish in our oceans causes so much damage. Some of the information was new to us and was really surprising- for example, how long it takes for different types of rubbish to break down in our oceans!


Learning Station: Oil Spills Kill!










Learning Station: Twisted Tails
 







Station 3: Rock Pool Scavenger Hunt
  





Station 4: Shell Identification






Station 5: Stormwater Savers
Rebecca



Station 6: Don't Drop It!




So the message is clear!
After a lovely poroporoake (farewell) in which we thanked the amazing MERC staff (Emma, Lisa, Vicky, Angus, Jono, and Darren and Rebekah) we drove back to Elm Park... tired but satisfied that we had collectively taken action and helped get so much rubbish off Bucklands Beach.

Back at School: Weighing the Rubbish
The next day we collected the rubbish sacks and weighed them using a spring balance weighing device.   We were quite stunned.







The bags weighed a total of 70kg!





Well done Rooms 12, 13 and 14! You did a magnificent job and learned heaps about what happens if we don't take care of our beaches and thoughtlessly throw rubbish away.

Here's what R13 students thought of the day...


I learned that is was important to not chuck your rubbish out because even it it is really far away from the sea it still gets there.  It will never break down.  I am happy I am not a fish but I feel sad for them.  I found out there is an Island of rubbish in the water the size of Texas.
Teryn


I learned that basically I realised that throwing litter is bad because I used to.  My favourite activity was the oil spill as it really inspired me to not litter.
Allan


Richelle
I learned that rubbish can take a long time to break down.


I learned how to not let the oil spill in the water so it doesn’t kill any other sea creatures.  We had to do the activity so we know what to do and don’t put oil in the water so we don’t kill any more creatures!
Diesel


What I learned from Bucklands Beach is that to never throw rubbish around and don’t litter.
Artemas


Cameron
I most amazing thing I learnt was that there is a floating island that is as big as Texas made out of rubbish.


My most favourite thing was playing every activity.  It was really fun.
Gemma


The best thing I think was when we were picking up rubbish because it’s good for the environment.
Tianna


I think the best thing was when we did some activities like the oil spill game because we were trying to get the oil out of the sea.  I learnt that you don’t spill oil.
Aliah


The thing I loved about my day was learning about the shells and the oil.
Nathan


What I learned about Bucklands Beach is to never throw rubbish and pick up litter.
Aaron


I learnt that we shouldn’t throw rubbish in the water, don’t litter.
Joseph


My favourite thing was when we were doing the activities because I learnt stuff when we were doing them.
Riley


I learned that at Bucklands Beach don’t drop rubbish.  If you see rubbish clean it up.
Dominic


I learned never to dump rubbish in the sea because it does so much damage to the wildlife.
Joshua


The thing I liked most was the oil spills activity because there was teamwork.
Quintina


Bucklands Beach gives me information and I know what’s happening to the world.
Seth


My favourite thing was the learning activities because I learned how it felt like to be like an animal under water or land with the rubbish or plastic toxic.
Shelby


The most fun and lesson giving thing was - don’t over fish because if you over fish any fish like sharks will become extinct and then the smaller fish will be out of control.
Hannan


I learnt that there is a huge floating island made out of rubbish and my favourite part was when we were doing the activities because it was fun and we had to work as a team.

Justin

2 comments:

Mrs Graham said...

It makes me so proud to see that the Inquiry work that we did last year is being used in the wider community. I hope the Year 4s learnt heaps. I bet they'll be looking forward to their Year 6 camp now :)

Katrina Elder said...

I can't believe how much rubbish you found! 70 kg, that's terrible. Well done everyone for getting out there and trying to educate our community about the damage this is causing us, not just here but worldwide. I'm really sorry we missed this day, it sounds like it was very informative and a lot of fun too.