Reef Guardian Schools - Virtual Connections Term 3 and Term 4

Reef HQ Aquarium invites all Reef Guardian Schools to participate in our FREE virtual connections program in term 3 and term 4. Below is a schedule of the presentations on offer. For information on how to become a Reef Guardian School, click here.

Term 3

DateProgramTimeYear LevelBook
Wednesday, 2nd SeptemberClimate Change9.30 - 10.30amPrimaryBook Here
Wednesday, 2nd SeptemberClimate Change12.30 - 1.30pmSecondaryBook Here
Monday, 7th SeptemberThreatened Species in the Great Barrier Reef12.30 - 1.30pmAllBook Here
Wednesday, 9th SeptemberSchool Litter Source Reduction Plan9.30 -10.30amPrimaryBook Here
Wednesday, 9th SeptemberSchool Litter Source Reduction Plan12.30 - 1.30pmSecondaryBook Here

Term 4

DateProgramTimeYear LevelBook
Wednesday, 7th OctoberEcosystems and the Great Barrier Reef12.30 - 1.30pmAllBook Here
Friday, 23rd OctoberWater Quality and Marine Debris12.30 - 1.30pmSecondaryBook Here
Wednesday, 25th NovemberIntroduction to the Reef9.30 - 10.30amPrimaryBook Here
Wednesday, 25th NovemberIntroduction to the Reef12.30 - 1.30pmSecondaryBook Here

Should you be interested in participating in one or more of these sessions, early registration is encouraged. Term 3 bookings are open now. Term 4 Virtual Connection bookings open on Friday 25th September.

To ensure the privacy of classes and students participating, these virtual connection sessions will not be recorded.

How to Register

Click on the relevant "Book Here" link. This will take you to TryBooking. You will need to make one booking per class per school, as you will receive an individual link to connect your classroom to the session.

When booking you will be required to provide the following information:

  • Name of your school
  • Year level of students
  • Number of students
  • Number of teachers
  • Number of other guests.

The person / teacher making the booking will also be requested to provide their name, email address and contact number.

Program Description

Climate Change

As with Coral Reefs globally, the Great Barrier Reef is under pressure from a number of threats. Climate change is considered to be the greatest threat to the long-term health of the Reef. During this session students will learn how a changing climate is already impacting the Reef and what is predicted to occur in future.  Most importantly we will consider what actions we can take to help lessen the impacts of Climate Change and how we might also encourage others to adopt Reef-friendly behaviours.

Threatened Species in the Great Barrier Reef

During this session we will focus on some of the threatened, vulnerable and endangered species that are found on the Great Barrier Reef as well as highlight those that are now protected. We will discuss what factors makes a species vulnerable to population decline and will talk about human and natural impacts that affect them.  We’ll also take a look at what things are being done to reduce threats to these animals and discuss what actions we all can take to help.

School litter Source Reduction Plan

A Source Reduction Plan is a complimentary activity to a School Clean-up where students can take the next step using their Source Reduction Plan to reduce sources of litter at their school. Students will complete a Plan and develop an understanding of the effects of litter, marine debris, and the dangers it can cause to marine life, economic loss, navigation hazards and human health and safety. Students will be challenged to identify ways to reduce litter at its source and change behaviours.

Ecosystems and the Great Barrier Reef

In this session we will introduce you to the diversity of ecosystems that are found within and adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef region and explain how they are all interconnected. We will start by looking at the water cycle and how rain that falls in the catchment moves through rainforests and wetlands to coastal mangroves and then out to the Great Barrier Reef.  We will focus on some of the animals that are found in each ecosystem and explain how some animals move through different ecosystems as part of their life cycle. We will also explain why maintaining the health of these different ecosystems is important to the Great Barrier Reef and the animals that call it home.

Water Quality and Marine Debris

Corals are animals which have specific needs for their growth and survival. They are particularly fussy when it comes to water quality. In this session we'll look at the conditions corals prefer and why poor water quality and marine debris is a major threat to the health of coral reefs and other marine life. We'll also think about how we can improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and share ideas about what we can all do to help.

Introduction to the Reef

During this underwater virtual field trip, your classroom will be transported on a dive into the Coral Reef and Predator Exhibits of Reef HQ Aquarium. This session will be interactive, with students able to ask questions directly to the scuba diver and other presenters. It will offer a close-up appreciation of corals and an introduction to the roles of other important reef species.

Further information

To contact our Education Team use our contact form available here.