REEF GUARDIANS: Kalkie students Duncan Allen and Bridget Keightley proudly hold the South Queensland Reef Guardian Award, along with Lukaeja Morrison, Holly Smith, Gretel McGeorge, Natalie Schiffke, Regan Caldwell and Jessica Valuch, Rhianna Ricckard, Steve Tilley, Patrick Cause, Carolyn Caldwell and Sharlene Peterson.
REEF GUARDIANS: Kalkie students Duncan Allen and Bridget Keightley proudly hold the South Queensland Reef Guardian Award, along with Lukaeja Morrison, Holly Smith, Gretel McGeorge, Natalie Schiffke, Regan Caldwell and Jessica Valuch, Rhianna Ricckard, Steve Tilley, Patrick Cause, Carolyn Caldwell and Sharlene Peterson. Simon Young BUNREE

Pioneers in guarding the Barrier Reef

TEN years ago, Kalkie State School was the first school in the region to join the Reef Guardian program.

Now the school has won the South Queensland Reef Guardian champion's award for the second time.

Reef Guardian is an action-based school participation program related to current issues affecting the Great Barrier Reef.

School program co-ordinator Sharlene Peterson said the students were "thrilled" by the recognition.

"They work very hard throughout the great promoting Reef Guardian in the school and the community," she said.

Mrs Peterson said the school was currently working on its latest Reef Guardian project - to establish a waste minimisation program at the school.

She said the goal was to make the school and surrounding environment healthier for all.

Mrs Peterson said it would be great to see the students go on with the knowledge they had learnt from the program.

She said they would be able share it with their own families one day.

Reef Guardian programs conducted by the school have included Clean Up Kalkie Day, Go Green for Schools' Bilby Day, Go Green! Flick the Switch and National Tree Planting Day.

Bargara, Burnett Heads, Elliott Heads, North and West State School have all become Reef Guardian schools since Kalkie joined.