Bush ranger program at Butler College: teacher awarded

Sophie Collins accepts her award from Richard Olive, with Bush Ranger cadets Dane Botica and Ellesia Lothian.
Sophie Collins accepts her award from Richard Olive, with Bush Ranger cadets Dane Botica and Ellesia Lothian.

THE Bush Ranger co-ordinator and instructor at Butler College recently received an excellence award.

Special education teacher Sophie Collins received the award from Bush Rangers WA at a college assembly on May 11.

School officer Carmen Mack said the cadet program, which started when the school opened in 2013, included weekly afterschool activities such as recent encounters with birds of prey and Australian snakes.

“Projects such as local sand dune regeneration and camping excursions were part of the extra-curricular program, designed to help students learn about and actively participate in conservation and to enjoy nature,” she said.

“The college’s Bush Ranger program is co-ordinated by Mrs Collins and supported by other teachers and staff.

“Students from all year groups and of all abilities are able to participate.”

Mrs Collins said she was proud of the students and staff who participated enthusiastically in the program each week.