Henley Students Tackle Pollution in Environmental Science Competition

Greener Henley challenged local schools to look at all aspects of pollution and how it affects human and living things in this year’s Environmental Science Competition and the entries are now on display within the Beautiful Blue exhibition at the River & Rowing Museum.

Henley College Pathways students won the competition with their bug hotel and creating a unit to dispose of cigarette butts at Dinton Pastures where the college students visit every week.  The work experience students, who live with disabilities, made the bug hotel out of recycled materials and filled an old pot with sand for the cigarette butts.

On Thursday and Friday last week pupils from St Marys, Rupert House and Henley College were invited to the exhibition to receive prizes from organiser Diana Barnett.

The entries included writing, art and film.  Each school had a year to do research and to complete their entries.  Diana said, “We were very impressed with how much the children had taken in and understood the issues.  I hope they continue to keep doing their excellent work.”

Kate Oldridge, Chair of Greener Henley said, “We spend a lot of time at Greener Henley trying to get people to listen to us about really important issues like pollution, how we’re damaging nature and climate change and a lot of the time people don’t listen to us.  When I came here for the launch of this exhibition, one of the people remarked about one of your exhibits and they don’t listen to us but they do listen to the children.  Even though you are children your voices are really powerful and adults do listen to what you say.  It’s really important what you say.  Really appreciate all the hard work you have put in.”

St Mary’s created a 3D model of Henley bridge and the river as well as a Mermaid picture with her tail made up of plastic bottle tops with facts about plastic pollution.  Nathaniel, Year 4 Pupil at St Mary’s who helped with the 3D model said, “The teacher helped with the design but I drew the seahorse, painted the colourful part of the ocean and helped with Henley bridge. It took us about 3-4 lessons. I learnt that ocean pollution was really bad and when I went to the seaside I picked up plastic that I saw on the beach.”

At Rupert House the Eco Club (Years 3-6) made a film called The Lost Recyclables and a 3D model of Henley. Charlotte Gibbon, Head of Science at Rupert House said, “The film was completely their whole idea. They came up with the story line, wrote the script and made puppets and then we filmed it all.  They had great fun doing it.  It’s all about two bits of rubbish; one ends up in the ocean and one in landfill and they meet up and get recycled together.  It took a good few weeks to complete as the Eco Club only meets once a week in lunch time.  The Year 6 entry was a 3D model map of Henley showing all the different types of pollution including light pollution.  They also did a big plastic count and sent the results to the government.  They were really fascinated by all the different types of pollution especially linking to Henley like the noise pollution from the Regatta.  It really relates to them and gets them to think about their environment and how to make it better.  It was a really great project.”

Vickie Amiralis, Curator of A Beautiful Blue said, “It’s great to have the entries from the Environmental Science Competition in the Beautiful Blue exhibition. An array of work created by the school children is incredible and really inspiring to see to what the children think on the theme of pollution.”




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