The year 4/5 class went down to Wonga Beach and conducted a beach clean-up with the aid of a group of enthusiastic parents and Zoey from Tangaroa Blue. We collected almost 1000 pieces of rubbish from the beach between Old Wonga and Pinnacle Village. Almost half the rubbish consisted of pieces of broken plastic that had washed up. We even found a safety helmet!
Back at the carpark we loaded all the rubbish into the ute and took it back to school to see what we could create with the flotsam and jetsam. Jayne volunteered her time and glue to work with the kids to create a wonderful Rubbish Rainbow and a yet to be named bird that are now on display in the foyer of the school. Come and check out what magnificent art can be created from rubbish.
While we were creating art we also graphed the rubbish data that we recorded while at the beach to show just what types of materials have been washing up.
As a thank you to Tangaroa Blue, we collected 5 cent pieces that were place on pictures of a dugong and turtle at lunch time. We covered the drawings many times over and raised $137.40 which is 2748 coins.
We had a fantastic time and learned a great deal from these activities, so a big thanks to everyone who helped out. Check out our efforts in the school foyer, the Gazette and on the Tangaroa Blue website where Wonga Beach State School has a page.
Thank you to Johnson Ohana Chartiable Foundation for funding that enables Tangaroa Blue Foundation to work with students around the country on reducing plastic in our oceans.