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Year 11 Biology Excursion to Long Reef Rock

On Thursday 13 June, twelve Year 11 Biology students visited Long Reef Rock Platform to investigate the complex ecosystems within the protected Long Reef Aquatic Reserve. This field study provided valuable experiences relating to outcomes in the new Biology Syllabus.

 

It was an early start, departing PCS at 6.50 am. We were blessed with an unusually warm and calm day at the coast. 

 

Students examined the distribution and abundance of tidal rockshelf organisms using quadrats and a transect. Laurie was our AUSECO Environmental Educator and she easily motivated students to participate in various written and practical activities. The highlight of the day was viewing and holding ‘Gerald’ the Gloomy Octopus. Other beautiful rock pool animals were carefully collected for observation and returned to their rock pool habitats.

 

All students interacted respectfully with Laurie and were enthusiastic throughout the field study. 

 

Thank you to parents who braved the early morning and dropped students to School at 6.30am!

 

Marianne Pogmore

Science Teacher  

 

Richard Mahoney

Laboratory Assistant

 

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