BeachPatrol Helping Schools Education

Beachpatrol can come to schools both primary and secondary, to put on presentations about plastic litter, what it is doing to our environment and marine life

We can also take students out on a beach or street litter survey. During these exercises the students work in small groups along the beach or street to record the litter count and type using Beachpatrol survey sheets. At the end of the survey the sheets are collated and the students work out total litter picked up in that session and what the litter types are.

Recent School Activities

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06 Aug 2019Albert Park SecondaryYear 1125With this class, they were involved in community environment work. We had a talk on plastics and their getting loose in the environment. The excellent documentary BayKeepers was shown which the students were quite engaged in.

02 Aug 2019Lady Foster KindergartenKindergarten23Meli from Elwood BeachPatrol took these little ones on a beach clean and a talk on plastic on the beaches."It was incredible! The children were super charged to help collect rubbish and were all over the dangers of plastics to the marine and land animals. The kids will be wearing the BP TShirts regularly and taking it turns to be the BP leaders in them. Great hope for the future! "

23 May 2019South Melbourne PrimaryPrep120Today we gave 120 Prep kids a little slide show on the effects of plastic on wildlife in the ocean. Then along with 15 teachers and parents took them on three trams down to the beach for a little beach clean to pick up plastic rubbish. They loved it!

17 May 2019Meadows Primary SchoolYears 1-3804 Classes from Meadows Primary School came to the beach to talk about marine life and plastic's impact on them. Some of these children had never been to a beach before.

06 May 2019Carey Baptist Grammer KewYear 834Students separated into two groups to clean St Kilda Beach both sides of the pier. They collected over 31 Kg of litter: 19 drink containers; 800+ cigarette butts; 4 syringes and thousands of small pieces of plastic. They walked out along the pier to the Little Penguin colony and were lucky enough to spot one penguin at home for the day. They learned about the impact of litter, particularly plastic, on this remarkable colony of wild creatures.They also learned about the invasive Northern Pacific Sea Stars that are a pest species, visible from the pier. This is part of a Curriculum Unit, Changemakers, in which students are challenged to devise solutions to the issues they encounter in their learning. They were asked to make a pledge to themselves to take one action to limit the litter they encountered today. As the excursion ended, a pelican flew down to the water and began feeding: the students efforts today were an example of how we can protect wildlife from the scourge of plastic in the marine environment