The pupils created campaign posters detailing the damage that plastic causes to wildlife, and put their words into action by conducting a thorough beach clean on the stretch of Eastbourne coastline located minutes from the school.
Miriam Mcdonell, Year 4 Teacher, says, “The children were all shocked to learn that 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the sea each year! They were astounded by the amount of plastic recovered on their beach clean, but extremely pleased with their efforts.
“One child said ‘I wouldn’t have believed on just three beaches that there would be so much plastic!’ and that although the beach clean was good fun, ‘it was also a bit upsetting’. Another child warns that ‘if we carry on – eventually all our marine life will be wiped out!’
“This year, Bede’s Prep has pledged to lower the plastic usage across the School which the children feel is a super step in the right direction. Year 4 pupils are now composing a letter to Prime Minister, Theresa May, to push for action on the issue.”