Inspirational Actions

The TeachWild team recognises school groups, community organizations, partners or any individuals that have taken action to help combat and raise awareness to the global issue of marine debris.


Penguin Sculpture Project by Phillip Island Nature Reserve


The Phillip Island Nature Reserve earlier this year organized a Penguin Sculpture Project competition inviting schools in the Victoria region to depict the issue of marine debris in the form of a penguin art piece. Entries were received from approximately 25 classes from San Remo Primary School, Newhaven Primary School, Newhaven College and Cowes Primary School.

It was without a doubt a creative affair with a lot of effort put into the pieces.

Members of the public had the opportunity to appreciate these pieces at a Community Day event held at the Phillip Island Nature Reserve and learn from the students through their impactful messages accompanied with their art pieces.

In the end, the winning sculpure went to San Remo Primary School – Grade 5/6 winning a class trip with Wildlife Coast Cruises to the unique wildlife experience at Seal Rocks.

Huge Congratulations to them!!

Phillip Island Nature Reserve team wishes to thanks to all the teachers for their amazing support during the project and for all the help in cleaning up the local beaches.

From: The Phillip Island team – Ashton and Sue, the little penguins, seals, sea birds, whales, turtles and the local marine environment across the board.

Below is a summary in pictures from the winning sculpture of the other amazing entrants.


Winning Sculpture by San Remo Primary School


Penguin sculpture entries

Penguin sculpture entries

Marine debris key messages drafted on a notice board

Marine debris key messages drafted on a notice board









Sourpops at Emerald Primary School


Clean Up Australia has taken on a whole new meaning for the students at Emerald Primary School. Students have taken rubbish matters into their own hands –not just picking it up – but by starting their own container deposit scheme.
“We learned how our rubbish could go down the drain ending up in Western Port Bay”, said grade six Environmental Manager Ashleigh.

“Yeah, and we watched on Skype as our teacher did a necropsy on a bird at Phillip Island and found plastic in its stomach” added Tom from grade five.

The school’s environmental teacher had been collecting ‘sour pop’ containers littered all over the school grounds with a view to banning their sale when he collected 100.

“We sat down with the kids and talked about the impact on the canteen business, how the students might feel about a ban, and balanced that against what we were doing to our environment” he said. “The kids were brilliant and together we worked out that by paying an extra 10c at the canteen, we could get that back when we returned the sour pop container.”

Canteen owner Lauren was a little dubious at first, thinking that it might add to an already busy workload. “It’s works really well though”, she said, “It takes no time at all to collect the containers and the kids love getting 10c back!”

But does it work?

“On yard duty the other day I saw one for the first time this year – but before I had a chance to pick it up a student had snatched it from the ground and raced off to claim his 10c refund” reported a rather pleased teacher.

The Environmental Team blog page: Student Planet Savers

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