Year 11 Biology Excursion

WadingLao-Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher once said, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Our Year 11 North Stradbroke Biome exploration began with a 5am start to travel to Cleveland where we would catch the ferry for our island exploration. On arrival at North Stradbroke Island with Mr Thomas and Mr Wilson narrating and educating us about the Biomes, we waded through muddy mangroves, explored a tropical rainforest and stopped to marvel at the tea-stained waters of a fresh water lake. We then moved on to the sand dunes to admire their undulating beauty, all the while collating and collecting data and identifying the vegetation and inhabitants within the biomes.

Group shot on beachLunch was spent exploring the tiny town or walking along the path above the shoreline where migrating whales passed gracefully by, heading north for warmer waters. We followed their progress as we walked. We then continued our exploration of the fascinating rocky shore by marveling at the sea life that inhabited the biome. Then we waded through wallum before heading to our ferry departure. On the way, we stopped at a cemetery to pay our respects to those departed. After a very long day, we arrived safely back at Northpine at 8.10pm. We say thank you to our parents and the staff who made this adventure possible. It was at trip worthwhile with many steps taken, learning a great deal about biology, biomes and ourselves.

-Melanie Loynes, Year 11A

Gathering samples