Carolyn Briggs, Boonwurrung elder welcomes the first school group aboard Pelican1 on the first day of the Two Bays program. Aunty Carolyn has become central to our approach in delivering a deep time perspective
Our annual program in Port Phillip and Western Port bays has begun. We started this year in Western Port with Grades 5/6 kids from Catholic Primary schools in Melbourne. We have partnered with the Catholic Department of Education, through Simon Lindsay (Head of Science Curriculum) over the last few years to develop innovative 'Hands on Learning' in the Marine world.
Pelican1 beomes a moving ocean classroom for learning about Caring for Sea Country and a vehicle for connecting with the marine life that flourishes beneath the surface. My favourite quotes from the school kids participating over the two days were " I have never learnt in such a fun way" and " I loved snorkeling and seeing creatures I have never seen before."
We are very fortunate that our ways of working happen to coincide with one of the most gifted marine educators that I have met- Harry Breidahl. He has come on board to deliver the marine science component of our educational work.