Tagai State College

Tagai SC IntroTagai State College's name is anchored on the constellation of Tagai, a symbol that unites the people of the Torres Strait. The position of Tagai across the sky instructs the world order, predicting new seasons and ensuring everything has a place.

Tagai State College, like the constellation, is a collection of individual entities that together make up the whole. With each Campus considered as equally unique and important as the stars of Tagai, together they form a College far stronger than the sum of the parts.

The 18 campuses of Tagai State College are spread across 15 islands of the Torres Strait – a region close to 48,000 square kilometres in area.

The Torres Strait Islander people use the stars of Tagai for navigation. Each star's position therefore is vital to ensure a safe journey. Like the constellation, each Campus of Tagai State College is committed to our Vision and Mission Statements to ensure we achieve our objective – providing the highest levels of teaching and learning for our students.

Ship pollution and marine debris on Thursday Island

201612 TagaiFrom 17-19 August 2016, the Tangaroa Blue Foundation teamed up with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to deliver a marine debris education program to school students on Thursday Island.

We continued to work with our long time partners Tagai State College and had the pleasure of welcoming a new school, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School. The program aimed to raise awareness of the problem of marine debris and to show how damaging the impacts can be. By understanding the issue, students gained a better appreciation of the work AMSA and Tangaroa Blue do in preventing and managing marine debris in Australian waters.

Beach clean up activities were run on TI, and students were shown how and why the debris is sorted in order to collect data in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database, and how this data can be used to help address the problem.

The older students at Tagai State College were given more detailed information on AMSA’s role in the prevention of pollution from vessels, specifically in regards to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (called MARPOL Annex V). They were shown the technical requirements of the legislation and how to report suspected illegal garbage discharges at sea. This information was of particular relevance to the TAFE students who are currently working towards the qualifications required to move into the maritime industry.

Tagai Camp on Friday Island

201405 TagaiFor the past few years, Tangaroa Blue has been invited to participate in the Tagai State College year 8 camp to help monitor marine debris in the Torres Strait.

This year it was a 5 day camp to Friday Island that was held from the 12th-16th May, 2014. The students worked very hard to tackle the debris covering the beach they were camped on, collecting and then sorting the rubbish and logging the data.

Both the girls and boys groups put in an amazing effort filling over 40 bags with marine debris that had washed up and been left on the beach, collecting almost 200kgs of rubbish in a matter of minutes.