Under sunny skies on Thursday 15th June, some of our students teamed up with the Junior School to clean the Harbour Beach.
The idea came from St Ives Bay Youth Council which has been formed by a group of representatives from all the local schools who meet at the Guildhall twice a term. The young Councillors discuss local issues which concern them and each year they like to choose an activity. St Ives Town Council agreed to join forces with them for this initiative and the event was organised by co-ordinator Wendy Goodman and Town Councillor Tamsyn Williams with equipment kindly on loan from Cornwall Council's 'Clean Cornwall'.
The children had a great time and found a wide array of items such as a plastic sunshield, a shark's tooth and several items of clothing. Interestingly, they noticed that the most plentiful items of litter were wet wipes, zip ties, cigarette ends and torn leaflets. Having learned about the dangers of plastic to sea creatures, they collected even the tiniest microplastics they could find.
Year 2 Youth Councillor Zara commented "It was good fun! I liked using the litter-pickers, wearing a hi-viz jacket and seeing what was there. Also, I got to stay on the beach for half an hour longer after the clean had finished..!"
The organisers would like to thank all the adults who accompanied the children and a special thank you to Maurice Symons of the Sloop Inn who supplied drinks and biscuits. After enjoying the refreshments, everyone disposed of their bottles and wrappers very carefully..!