On Friday 25 October, 19 Year 12 Geography students flew up to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef for five days of learning and adventure.
They were accompanied by Mr Chris Wu, who organised the trip, and Mr Phil Carlon, as well as another 13 students from another school, Blakehurst HS and their teachers, Mr Slater and Ms Camellieri.
The purpose of the trip was to get a first-hand look at the reef and a develop a greater understanding of an ecosystem under threat which is an important topic in HSC Geography. Throughout the five days, students were provided many learning opportunities with experienced guides, all of whom had studied marine science at Cook University, and were able to visit two World Heritage Listed areas: the reef and the wet tropics of Queensland.
The trip was an awesome experience. Students participated in a field work, collecting primary data on the health of the reef; visited the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy island; experienced a variety of biomes including coral reefs, rainforests and bushland; went on a day-long trip to the 1770 reef where Captain Cook ran aground; snorkelled for hours and hours seeing an incredible array of fish, coral and other sea life; camped on Fitzroy Island; and caught the amazing 7.5km skyline that rides above lush rainforest and deep gorges.
Overall, it was a wonderful learning experience. Thanks to Mr Wu for his amazing organisation.