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Latching onto the environment

At Belgian Gardens State School we are lucky to have many exciting and educational environmental programs. Many year levels are involved in these programs.


Year 2 is responsible for our aquaponics centre. With a grant from Ergon energy we were able to build an enclosure housing 5 grow beds that are fed by water from a 1000l fish tank. This tank houses approximately 40 jade perch. The waste from the fish feeds the vegetables growing in the grow beds. In these beds we grow organic lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, silver beet, corn and a variety of herbs such as basil, sage and coriander. This produce is used in class cooking and is also sold to our parent community.

Bird aviaries:

We have 6 bird aviaries varying in size. The years 4 students are responsible for the day to day care of these birds. We have many native and foreign finches and some Australian parrots. Our main focus is breeding the endangered black throated finch and gouldian finch. We have successfully bred both these birds. With money raised from the sale of these birds, we hope to donate money back to research of these beautiful birds.

Rowes bay junior rangers

This program is undertaken by year 6 students and has been running for 9 years. Students design and construct tools to pick up rubbish from our local beach, rowes bay. Classes travel down once in term 2 and once in term 3 and pick up rubbish off the beach. We have picked up approximately 85000 pieces of rubbish in that time. Classes collate data and report findings to Townsville city council.


We have several large aquariums at our school. Our feature tank is our 5 foot reef aquarium. This tank has many varieties of soft and hard corals, fish and invertebrates.

The pinnacle of this program is the breeding of clown fish. We have successfully bred clown fish for the last 3 years. As far as we know we are the only primary school in the world that has done this.

Science club

Science club is held once a term and students from years prep to year 7 have the opportunity to nominate to attend one of two afternoon sessions held each term. The children are involved in a range of hands-on activities that nurture their curiosity around different science topics. Some of these have included; the five senses; chemistry and renewable energy sources.

We are very proud of our programs and our goal is to develop students that are active and informed citizens.