Queen Mary presents The Ocean Guardian Assembly

Pupils unite in the Ocean Guardian Assembly, connecting young people with water sports and raise awareness about environmental impact of plastic.

On Friday 7th June over 11,000 primary school learners at over 100 locations across the country will unite in the Ocean Guardian Assembly. The pupils’ aim is to highlight the impact plastic waste is having on oceans and the environment.

Emerging from the cutting room floor after finishing the edit for the assembly, the Plastic Education team were thankful to everyone in the community of 540 teachers and 105 schools who contributed to building their amazing first ever collaborative assembly, with special thanks to feature items by the ‘We are the voice’ choir and ‘Incredible Oceans’.

‘We Are the Voice’ is a children’s Zero Waste campaign that links and unites children’s voices determined to change the way we use plastic. Their campaign will petition manufacturers of children’s goods to take responsibility for what they produce through a strategically organised, united schools campaign.

Incredible Oceans deliver events, festivals and education that tell critical ocean-saving stories and they collaborated with FuseSchool to produce the video that will feature in the assembly. FuseSchool has a focus to make education accessible to all by making short, snappy, animated videos which explains maths and science topics brilliantly.

Jeremy Payne, Principal at St. James’ Primary Academy explained ‘the wonderful thing about our evolving and growing project is that it can fit into every school’s curriculum, can be moulded to the unique circumstances of every school’s environment.  We have been so excited by the diverse approaches to Plastic Education that our schools have shared with us so far.’

The 19-minute assembly has been sent to schools to help with their preparations, view it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuE3g3InFW0

Participating schools have access to a hub of resources for teachers to support learning centred around the issues of plastic pollution in the oceans, the environment, recycling and the circular economy and all educators are invited to contribute or use the resources available to support their school’s curriculum.

Tony Bishop, Club Secretary at Queen Mary Sailing Club said ‘It’s overwhelming the amount of support we have received for our Plastic Education campaign, the response from schools and teachers has been fantastic. Schools can sign up to host an assembly right up to the day and there is a great team behind the challenge to support anyone wishing to get involved’.

Schools across the country are invited to visit the website at www.plasticeducation.com and sign up for assembly and download all the resources.

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