MIMICKING in a small degree the plight of our ocean creatures which have concentrations of plastic and debris clotting their once free oceanic spaces, the St Andrew’s Prep boys struggled to swim through lanes choked with plastic after their Interhouse Gala last week.
Once the competitive and highly charged swimming heats were completed, bins filled with plastic waste, collected by the pupils in just one week, were heaved into the sparkling clear water.
The boys were excited to chase each other through the mounds of floating and sinking plastic – until they got into the thick of it. It became quickly clear how difficult it is for sea creatures to live in similar and worse conditions.
In an idea borrowed from Dainfern College, the “swimming through plastic” has become a poignant visual lesson on being responsible for the world.