Bush Rangers

Bush Rangers is a youth-based conservation and community development Program. It supports students to take an active role in the conservation of the natural environment, flora and fauna, and enables a better understanding of the mechanisms for its management.

Bush Rangers offers students the opportunity to undertake personal development training while developing their conservation skills and knowledge through involvement in practical nature conservation projects. The projects that are undertaken can be school-based, within the local community, or at some amazing locations and landscapes across the state.

Bush Rangers encourages the students to take action for positive change. With the College central to the Beeliar Wetlands, it is ideally located for students to use practical methods to conserve nature. Students also demonstrate an understanding of the causes of change in Western Australia’s biodiversity. Prior projects have involved revegetation at Kogolup Lake, maintenance assistance at Harmony Lake and the planting of trees in local parks and reserves. The students have also been involved in clean-up and care of local beaches and wetland habitats.

All learning outcomes, including leadership and teamwork, are achieved through excursions and camps. The Program is supported by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and is currently offered to students in Years 8, 9, and 10.

Environmental Education
Students are encouraged to be involved in Environmental education groups such as Enviro Club and Emmanuel Environmental Leadership Team, all of which encourage the closing of the waste cycle and the elimination of litter around the College. The College has strong relationships with Waste Wise Schools, Keep Australia Beautiful, Cockburn City Council and other local community groups that enhance this area.

Enviro Club meets every second Tuesday after school to:

  • Grow fruit, vegetables, and herbs
  • Maintain the three worm farms and compost bin
  • Look after paper and can recycling
  • Learn about waste in the wider community and run activities such as waste-free lunches and competitions.

Students from local Catholic Primary Schools are invited to join us as well. This club is open to students from Emmanuel and local Catholic Primary schools from Years 2 to 12.

The Environmental Leadership Team is led by student representatives from Years 9 to 12. Students sign on for a yearlong position that allows them to attend external workshops and events, organise campaigns and learn skills such as applying for grants, managing a budget and public speaking. They work with industry experts to organise waste and litter reduction programs and to promote sustainable practices throughout the College community.