ROSETTA Primary School’s ‘E-Team’ – a student-led group – saw their commitment to sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint rewarded when they were given the unique opportunity to board and tour the ‘RSV Aurora Australis’.
Held in collaboration with P&O Maritime and in honour of World Oceans Day, Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) offered the group of 10 Eco-School students the chance to climb aboard the P&O polar research and supply vessel and learn from experts on the topic of ocean pollution.
This included Andrew Deep from the Antarctic Division, Keep Australia Beautiful chief executive officer Geoff Marsh and Master of RSV Aurora Australis Gerry O’Doherty, who emphasised the importance of preserving our waters and environment and the ways in which this was being done aboard the vessel.
The students then presented their own work and sustainability efforts to those on board.
Samantha Privitelli, from P&O Maritime Australia, said the organisation recognised that the next generation played a significant role in shaping the future and could influence environmental movements such as World Oceans Day.
“Visiting the RSV Aurora Australis provided the children a platform to share their learnings and present to key stakeholders from the Australian Antarctic Division their ideas on the conservation of our marine environment and the reduction of pollution,” she said.
Event coordinator Angela Meloni said the children were very attentive.
“There was a ‘sea’ of hands at question time full of ideas, both visual and oral, on the subject of conservation,” she said.
Rosetta Primary School was the first Tasmanian primary school to be awarded the Bronze Level Award for its sustainability measures, having also previously won the KAB Sustainable Schools Award.
Rosetta Primary School teacher Lindy Devereux said the E-Team had put measures into place across the school to support the areas of biodiversity, energy and climate, lifestyles, litter and waste, and water.
She said the students had a wonderful day touring the Aurora Australis.
“The students absolutely loved touring the vessel and meeting all the crew, especially Master Gerry,” she said.
“Some of the crew spoke to the students about their roles and the E-Team did a verbal and photographic presentation about their role and the sustainability measures in place at our school, which was very enthusiastically received.
“The students were amazing – most of them, particularly as they get older, recognise that things cannot continue the way they are or there will not be a world for them to enjoy.
“They are always willing to put into place measures which support and protect the environment.
“This was an amazing opportunity, so many thanks to KAB and P&O.”
Caption: Rosetta Primary School students received the chance the tour P&O polar research and supply vessel, the RSV Aurora Australis.