Students join forces to tackle beach pollution
On Friday 9th March 12 students from Ratton School along with Mrs Scott-Smith and Mr Crosby joined forces with a number of other Eastbourne schools to take part in a Beach Clean along Eastbourne seafront.
Malcolm Shaw from ITV went with them.
They beach cleaned collecting plastics, rubbish and also interesting natural items to analyse what is being washed up and discarded, from Holywell right up to the pier itself.
Students were also able to take part in art work sessions on the beach at the 'Spy Glass' beach hut.
The beach clean was part of a larger project with the ESP (Eastbourne Schools Partnership) where we are also running a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) workshop. In the workshop sessions that follow the beach clean we will be designing an art installation to promote awareness of the issues around plastic pollution in our oceans and global environment. This workshop will include the use of photography, stop motion animation and testing water samples from the sea to check for levels of impurities, bacteria and nitrates. The Art installation itself and the work produced will then go on display at the Birley Centre in Eastbourne in the summer term.
This was a fantastic opportunity for our year 7 students who thoroughly enjoyed the day and we hope all the media interest and interviews given by our students will go some way to help promote a 'one use plastic free' town here in Eastbourne.