Wednesday March 12 saw Ann Gerlach from Murdoch University visiting John XXIII College to share her knowledge of wetlands and wetland sampling, with a number of classes as well as with the school's Science Club.

Students undertaking Stage 2 and Stage 3 biology, as well as the 11/12 Integrated Science class and Science club, were involved in learning about the wetlands, human influences on the wetlands, classification and sampling techniques.

Ann brought with her some rather aromatic samples of water from a swamp, which contained various invertebrates that the students were required to sample and identify.

Year 12 Biology

Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program

Casey and Nora from the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP) visited John XXIII College to speak with the Year 11 and 12 stage 2 and Stage 3 Biological Sciences students about their work at the GTCP.

Gnaraloo is a wilderness tourism business and also a working pastoral station located at the southern entrance of the Ningaloo Marine Park.

The Turtle Conservation Program was set up to identify, monitor and protect the key coastal nesting rookeries of the loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles, all of which are endangered. The young scientists talked about the various sea turtles, marine conservation, everyday action to preserve our beaches for present and future generations, and gave the students an overview of the program conducted by Gnaraloo. Importantly for the students in terms of their WACE syllabus, the scientists covered how they track, monitor and survey the turtles, and covered the threats to the turtle population due to feral predators and humans.

Finally the visitors enlightened the students as to opportunities for people to become involved either as an individual or as a school/community group with regards to scientific internships etc. For more information please go to the Gnaraloo website

GTCP Incursion