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BeachPatrol schools program

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Our schools program

Supporting environmental education in schools

BeachPatrol regularly visits primary and secondary schools. We host educational sessions focussing on plastic litter and its impact on the environment and marine life

We can also take students out on a beach or street litter survey experience. 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 spend time categorising and documenting the litter picked up in that session. This provides a great opportunity for raising awareness and helps inform how to cut back on common problem waste items. 

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Recent School Activities

Activity Date School Name School Grade No Students Event Desc Image
18 Jun 2024 Albert Park College year 8 23

A sunny morning greeted 23 students from APC, grade 8, for an indoor presentation on BeachPatrol, LoveOurStreet and plastics in our oceans and waterways.  This was followed by a beach clean and audit.  In total, 18 students collected/counted 1076 pieces of litter from the beaches between the South Melbourne Life Saving Club and the Port Melbourne Yacht Club.  The students learned how to use the LitterStopper app to record their data and learned of the importance of recording data.  All in all a great session with a great group of students!  Thank you APC, grade 8!

14 May 2024 Sacre Coeur Year 9 15

The area around Glen Iris Wetlands seemed clean yet sixteen Sacre Coeur Year 9 students collected 8 kg of rubbish from the banks beside Gardiners Creek, the trail and beside the ponds. Litter included dog toys, balls, plastic bags and other soft plastics such as bubble wrap, lolly wrappers, take-away food waste, hazard barrier tape, spray paint and drink cans, cigarette butts, polystyrene chunks and beads.

Also, six dumped bags of rubbish were removed from a water channel and reported via the Snap Send Solve app to Stonnington Council. A dumped shopping trolley was reported to Woolworths.

Students remarked on the plastic that still "festoons" the trees overhanging the creek: likely remnants from the floods in October 2022!

Thanks to Sacre Coeur for a great effort in a short period of time. The waterbirds of the wetlands and other creatures will be safer now.

07 May 2024 Westall Secondary College Vocational Major Students 15

Fifteen Westall Secondary College students and 2 teachers, attended Mordialloc Beach today.  We collected and discussed many forms plastic from nurdles to bottles and cigarette butts. A full audit was conducted during an hour clean.  Stats: total number of items counted/collected = 644 including 200 nurdles, 183 cigarette butts, 100 soft small plastic pieces and 41 bottle tops.  Great effort and a big thank you!! 

01 Mar 2024 Port Melbourne Primary Grade 4 students 100

The grade 4 classes from Port Melb Primary did a fantastic job cleaning New Beach in Port Melbourne for about 30 minutes today!  They collected 3 bags of rubbish (approximatley 9kg) which mainly consisted of small fragments of hard plastic.  They know how important it is to remove these so our seabirds don't ingest them.  Big thanks to these students, their teachers, parents and BeachPatrol volunteers for participating in this worthwhile activity.  

01 Feb 2024 SAIC international students 9 68

What a pleasure to have a group of 65 international high school students from Taiwan come along to clean up St Kilda beach on February 1st!

Whilst Council had mechanically cleaned early in the morning, the machines miss a lot of the small plastic fragments. These are dangerous if birds, fish or other animals ingest them, so it was great that students removed 5 kg of little pieces. Our ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง and ๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿฆˆ will be safer now.

Catch of the day was a buoy, weighing 1.5 kg. Students were amused to find a pair of undies too. 

The clean up gave students a little insight into the culture of volunteering we encourage in Australia. 

Thank you to SAIC consultant Julie for reaching out to us. 

29 Nov 2023 Melbourne Grammar School: two group cleans Year 8 75

In wet and windy conditions on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 November, two groups of Year 8 students helped to clean up St Kilda Beach. 

The weather prevented a detailed audit of litter categories, so students counted food wrappers. They reported a staggering 900 wrappers. Imagine just how many there are on bay beaches, day after day, year after year! 

In all, these students removed 27 kg of rubbish that included lots of soft plastic fragments, microplastics, a measuring tape reel, a dummy, vape canisters, cigarette butts and a length of shipping rope. 

Awesome effort! Well done Melbourne Grammar.

01 Nov 2023 Emerald Secondary College year 9 and year 10 11

What a great class from Emerald Secondary College helping with a beach clean up at Sandringham today! These Year 9 and 10 students are an Environmental Science class. On a cool, windy day (less than ideal beach weather), they got straight down to business collecting rubbish from the vegetation and along the beach.

They were very focussed on the task, logging their collections on the Litter Stopper app so the data could go straight into the database, that will then directly upload into the Victorian Government Litter Watch database. They recorded hundreds of plastic items. The main litter types were small soft plastics (104), large and small hard plastics (90 each), lolly wrappers (84) and polystryrene (37). The class even did a further cleanup of the dog beach after their lunch. Bonus! A couple of items to note: a glow stick (commonly used by fishers to attract fish at night), polytwine fragments (did these come from boats?), a plastic ball smaller than ping-pong (the remains of a Christmas decoration?), tile spacers, soy sauce fish lids and other sauce bubbles.

Though the collection was just 5 kg by weight, the large number of pieces collected offers important protect for the marine life whose habitat is just offshore: seabirds, fish and dolphins will not ingest these pieces all now safely binned. Students found a sleeping bag too but were thoughtful enough to leave it, thinking it may belong to a rough sleeper.

Well done Emerald Secondary College. Thank you all.

31 Oct 2023 SACRE COEUR College Sacre Coeur year 9 17

Seventeen students spent 45 minutes picking up litter and collected 14kgs of rubbish from Elm Rd in Glen Iris today.  They also did a full audit with a total of 744 items counted including 235 small soft plastic fragments, 107 small hard plastic fragments and 56 food wrappers.  This was the final of four cleans by the students done this year.  Thanks for helping stop this litter from getting into our waterways and possibly being ingested or entangling seabirds and other marine life. 

14 Sep 2023 The Lakes, South Morang Year 12 VCAL 7

On Thursday 14th September, students from the Year 12 VCAL class led a clean up around a local shopping strip and parkland bordering a wetland, Darius Terrace precinct, South Morang. Students had researched the impacts of plastic pollution on the environment, creatures and humans. They had also developed an understanding of the connections of overuse of plastics to the problem of climate change. They were really well-prepared, having determined a local litter hotspot and the safety tips we needed to follow. Student leaders had conducted trial clean ups and had practised data entry using the Litter Stopper app.

Overall, the students collected 21 kg of rubbish, including a shopping trolley dragged from the bank of the wetland. Most numerous were cigarette butts (almost 1000), drink bottles and cans (78) and food wrappers (77). In total, students removed and recorded almost 1500 items of litter and ensured this harmful waste was disposed of properly.

Fantastic planning and a great effort in their final week of secondary schooling. Congratulations to these young people - we need others to follow their lead.

22 Aug 2023 SACRE COEUR College 9th 12

In an hour, twelve students from Sacre Coeur help to remove 5.5kgs of rubbish from the Gardiners Creekcreek bed and surrounding area today.   Some of the items counted includd 90 large size fragments of soft plastic, 400 pieces of polystyrene, 11 plastic drink containers and 7 food wrappers.  This is the 3rd of 4 cleans conducted by the students this year.  Great team effort!!