Barra and Vatersay Island Clean Up
Monday 26th March marked the start of Barra’s week long Island Clean Up. This year our younger pupils have been instrumental in promoting the event locally. They have not only designed posters but have also written to local businesses encouraging their participation. Last week we were delighted to hear from Janette Boyd who shared with us the ways her business are looking to reduce their use of plastics: using only compostable coffee cups, glass bottles, paper bags and paper straws. In addition, they have also stopped using plastic butter portions and intend to use compostable takeaway boxes when their existing stock runs out.
Small changes like this really do make such a huge difference. In the coming weeks the children and I hope to be able to share with you two enterprise projects we have coming up to encourage locals and visitors to Barra to manage their use of plastics more responsibly.
Our Teach on the Beach project received praise from Sir David Attenborough which was hugely exciting for the children and a great accolade for all their hard work so far!
P1-4 made a start on the clean up last Friday where we managed to fill two large black bags down on Traigh Eais. The children also came across a plastic fishing box and large piece of net which they took off too … they are so determined and I really love that about them!
On Monday afternoon we got back out, this time with the help of our P5-7 pupils, and did a fantastic job of cleaning up around the school and housing area in Cialla!
Seeing the effort from the children has really galvanised the community into action and this year’s effort has been exceptional. Proof of this is once again in the number of photos I have received from parents of their families getting involved … I’ve included a few below which I hope if you live locally or are planning on visiting Barra soon will inspire you to join in the cause!
The Island Clean Up has rounded off our first Teach on the Beach term so I thought this would be the ideal opportunity to share with you the views of the most important people in all of this … the children.
When I am down on the beach it makes me happy and a little bit sad. I don’t like seeing all the litter like metal cans lying around because they are so bad for the environment. There are so many dangerous things that can hurt the animals. I am really proud that we are doing something in school to help the problem get better.
I love learning about animals and getting to explore outside. I want to see what the caves are like and I am hoping that we will see some seals soon. I don’t like the cold much so our bothy bag has been really good for keeping us warm when we are at the beach.
I really like Teach on the Beach. I like helping cleaning up because it makes the animals feel much better.
The thing I like best about Teach on the Beach is getting to spend time outside at school. I have enjoyed learning about turtles. The tangled web game that we played a few weeks ago helped me to understand more about keystone species. I have enjoyed taking part in the Island Clean Up at home with my family too.
I liked studying the turtles, they are my favourite animal. It is fun to sit in the bothy bag because it means that even when the weather is not so good we can still get outside and learn. I think it is a good thing to pick up litter. Every time I go to the beach or park I try to pick up some rubbish before I come home.
Being outside makes me happy. I like running and doing our Walk the Mile on the track to the beach helps to keep me healthy. My Mum comes to Teach on the Beach quite often and I like that she can spend time with me and take part in things at my school.
We have lots of fun when we are on the beach. We learn by playing games and that makes me really happy. We have worked hard to take lots of litter off the beach … there’s hardly any there now compared to when we started! It is interesting to see what has been washed up on the beach and I enjoy trying to find things that have come from other countries.
Teach on the Beach keeps us healthy. It is very very fun! I enjoy spending time with my friends at the beach learning new things.
I love everything about Teach on the Beach. It is so much fun to go climbing in the dunes and exploring in the rock pools to see what we can find. Being outside is great!
I loved learning about the dogfish and the turtle. I love Teach on the Beach because I get out of the classroom and into the fresh air to play and learn with all my friends. We play in the sand dunes. I love learning about all the animals and we make them happy because we pick up all the litter that is so bad for them.
We hope that you have enjoyed following our outdoor learning journey so far and we look forward to sharing more of our adventures with you next term!
Have a very happy, fun-filled Easter holidays with your family and friends!