Stinging message

January 29 2019

STUDENTS at John Cabot Academy have been getting creative to highlight the issues caused by non-reusable plastics.

The group of 25 students, from across all age groups, made a jellyfish out of recycled materials and hung it from the atrium at the school.

The eco-friendly project was constructed during the students' enrichment programme, prompted by studying plastics in the world’s oceans.  The group also led a campaign to highlight environmental issues to other students across the academy.

Emma Dennehy, textiles and food technician said: "I think it is really important to enrich students’ education about our fragile ecosystem alongside traditional educational subjects and to give them an understating of the damage plastic can have on their local and national environment. 

"The students have not only educated their peers on this environmental issue but have been able to develop their skills in team work, research and problem solving. By using this creative project to create a powerful sculpture combined with their knowledge of environmental issues it is a powerful tool in educating their peers. I would also like to thank Lorene Archibald, student support lead, who assisted with this project."

Student Laura Kerswell said: "In the enrichment activity 'Plastics of the ocean' we hoped to raise awareness about how much our ocean is in danger."