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23 Nov 2016
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UNESCO Awards for Marine Discovery Centre

Tim Hoile, Director of the Marine Discovery Centre, Henley Beach and Sr Enid, past Principal of Star of the Sea School, are honoured to receive UNESCO Awards at Government House. The Marine Discovery Centre is at Star of the Sea School, 333 Military Rd, Henley Beach.

Here is the citation for The Marine Discovery Centre provided by UNESCO as Tim and Sr Enid were presented to Governor Huie Van Le and Mrs Le.

Your Excellency and Mrs. Le, I present to you The Marine Discovery Centre. 20 years ago the Marine Discovery Centre was born in Mr Tim Hoile’s classroom at Star of the Sea School at Henley Beach, with Sister Enid Wood as School Principal.

Tanks of marine creatures lined the balconies and the students were excited to participate in learning, with hands-on, about sharks, seahorses, spider crabs and star fish to name a few.

Sister Enid Wood was a driving force in establishing the Marine Discovery Centre at the school where busloads of students and Community Groups from around the State come to use interactive models and educational science equipment including a dissection DVD.

Director Tim Hoile was for six years Chair of the National Marine Discovery Centre Network, and with Sister Enid they have been key members and Leaders of the Education Landcare Forum and the Marine Education Society of Australasia.

200,000 Australians annually are involved in Marine Science Education, and Tim Hoile is key speaker and presenter at numerous Education Conferences both National and International. The Marine Discovery Centre at Henley Beach has hosted 50 Environmental Science Workshops.
Tim continues to source funding for education and marine science projects.
Artist-in-Residence, Alison Harvey and Tim have designed the first metropolitan coast walking trail in South Australia, the first Marine Science Education pack for Primary Schools in South Australia and seven Science Books have been written.

The Marine Discovery Centre’s Marine Science Education, a much awarded programme, raises awareness in the Community and ensures protection of Marine Flora and Fauna.

• Your Excellency and Mrs Le, I am honoured to present to you Mr Tim Hoile, Director of the Marine Discovery Centre.
• Your Excellency and Mrs Le, I am honoured to present to you Sister Enid Wood.

Tim recognises the significant role that Sr Enid played in establishing the very successful and expanding Marine Discovery Centre.

 “Sister Enid’s courage to be innovative, her ability to get the school and parish community involved and setting up a Steering Committee with diverse representations from various organisations were key to the success of the Marine Discovery Centre,” he said.

For information on the Marine Discovery Centre visit the website

Tim Hoile can be contacted


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