RGIT students traveled from Docklands in Melbourne to Portarlington by ferry on an multi-class excursion on Wednesday, 27 February 2019.
Over 100 of RGIT Australia's ELICOS General English students, along with 8 teachers, participated in the subsidised excursion to the historic coastal township.
Non-for-profit organisation, Caring for Our Bays (COB), facilitated two activities which saw students learn about environmental sustainability and awareness, the flora and fauna native to the region and land management. The first activity was ‘dune revegetation for 2019’ where students had to trim a plant with scissors then fill a small container with soil and ‘plant’ the plant, before putting their name on a label and sticking this into the soil next to ‘their’ plant.
The second activity was “Portarlington flora and fauna beachcomb” where students explored the coastline with one of the COB facilitators who explained (with clear laminated images) the name, function and habits of each plant and animal discovered and their roles within the coastal eco-system.
RGIT Australia holds a number of subsidised excursions for ELICOS students throughout the year with the aim of showing students the “real” Australia. The Portarlington excursion provided students with the opportunity to get out of the Melbourne bubble, and demonstrated an important aspect of Melbourne’s Yarra river; to experience one of Melbourne’s ferry rides; to explore the coastal eco-system of Port Phillip; and to gain knowledge of the various flora and fauna that live there.
Excursions such as this allow students to enjoy themselves in an out-of-classroom English-speaking context, allowing them to meet and interact with students from other classes and levels.
The excursion to Portarlington comes following a RGIT Australia excursion to the Twelve Apostles in August last year.