In Week 8 of Term 3, forty-six year 9 and 10 Marine students were accompanied by Mrs Jessica Bellamy, Ms Julia Nolan, Mr Michael Quinn and Mr Joshua Lam to Tangalooma. What a pleasure it was for the Science/Marine teachers. After an early morning flight and ferry ride from Brisbane, we arrived at Tangalooma resort, Moreton Island, and a world away from the usual.
Three days felt like a week as we immersed ourselves in the natural beauty of this rare sand island ecosystem that is Moreton Island. A unique experience was had by all staff and students, who engaged thoroughly in all activities. The students, without exception, were polite, respectful, cooperative and considerate - of each other, the teachers and member of the public. The Tangalooma guides gave our students 10/10 for their engagement, enthusiasm and willingness to participate in all activities, including snorkelling the world class Tangalooma wrecks, dolphin feeding from the Tangalooma jetty and beachfront, stand up paddle-boarding and kayaking off the beach, sand dune tours and sand boarding down huge sand dunes, eco ranger talks and walks through pristine island forests and along the beaches. All who were fortunate enough to attend this excursion found it definitely a valuable and worthwhile learning experience.
After a final farewell to Moreton Island and a ride to the mainland on the Tangalooma ferry with heavy hearts, the coach company took our group on a short tour of Brisbane sights prior to our return flight to Newcastle, stopping along the way for some photo opportunities. We travelled up to the Mount Coot tha Lookout, back down, passing the Suncorp Stadium, through Southbank Parklands, to the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, over the Story Bridge and then along the banks of the Brisbane River out to the airport, arriving around 6pm, for an eventful flight safely home.
Julia Nolan, Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Science