P6: Adopt and Clean West Bay Beach

Primary Six recently joined forces with the GRAB Trust and parent helpers to take their Eco learning outside of school. Following a workshop from Ben from the GRAB Trust on the dangers of marine litter, Primary Six undertook some community work by cleaning over 100m of Helensburgh’s West Bay.

Armed with litter pickers, gloves and strong bags, Primary Six set to work on their clean-up operation. Over the course of the morning they collected over 80Kg of waste, much of it plastic and glass. As well as removing litter, P6 also recorded each item found as part of a survey on behalf of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). After collecting the data, Primary Six uploaded it to the MCS website and then graphed their data as part of their maths learning.

The beach clean not only forms part of our Eco Schools commitments but is also helping us realise one of the global development goals, work towards our Rights Respecting School award and create positive links with the community.

Following the children’s work with Ben and the GRAB Trust they decided to adopt a section of the West Bay as their own and hope to pass on their learning to other pupils, teaching them about the importance of marine waste and setting up their own beach cleans. Thank you to all the parent helpers who volunteered to support the children with their beach clean.