Approximately 65 students from our College wanted to raise money for students in Vanuatu who have been affected by Cyclone Pam earlier this year whilst also doing something constructive for our local community. The result was spending 4 hours cleaning up the most Northern 3 km of Birubi Beach. Students were astounded at the amount of rubbish that was there and disappointed with the number of old beer bottles. Two syringes were also discovered and discarded into a ‘sharps disposal container’. Worimi Park rangers joined the students in collecting rubbish and also supplied bags and gloves. Ranger Nadine thanked our students and welcomed them back next year. The total amount collected was 2.42 tonnes.
St. Philips Christian College’s sense of community extends to the oceans, as highlighted in the video clip produced by Grace Kim about Marine Debris. The video, “Journey to the Ocean via Rubbish,” was shown at the Planet Ocean Screening in January as well as at the Environmental Awards Ceremony.