South Thanet MP, Craig Mackinlay, has visited The Royal Harbour Academy in Newlands Lane, Ramsgate, during Science Week to celebrate science, technology, engineering and maths with the students. The Academy are focussing on reducing the amount of single-use plastic and encouraging students to look after their school, community and planet.
Science Week at the school included a campaign competition, visits from local scientists from Pfizer, special assemblies hosted by local PhD students, and a litter pick on Saturday morning at the Royal Harbour seafront for students and their families. In addition, the students have written letters to their MP asking him to support the installation of a public water refill station in both Broadstairs and Ramsgate. The children believe that this will help local people reduce the number of plastic bottles on the beach and around the seafront.
Craig was presented with the letters at a special assembly on Friday morning.
Craig Mackinlay MP, commented:
“Without urgent action to cut demand, it is estimated that 34 billion tonnes of plastic will have been manufactured globally by 2050. That’s why it’s so important that youngsters at The Royal Harbour Academy are becoming increasingly active in the anti-plastics campaign and their suggestion of water refill stations in Broadstairs and Ramsgate is a very good one that I will take up with the local authorities.
“I was pleased to report that, building on the microbeads ban, the government are looking into whether other problematic products should be banned where there are suitable alternatives. I’d also like retailers to more seriously consider their use of excessive plastic packaging.
“It’s great to have The Royal Harbour Academy on board and I look forward to working with them on the campaign to reduce plastic usage.”
The Head of Science at The Royal Harbour Academy, Mr Lasslett, added:
“We have been unrelenting in ensuring the very best for our students at The Royal Harbour Academy and our new year 7 curriculum has been completely transformational in doing this. The new model provides us with endless opportunities to inspire students both within and across subjects.
“Optimising the organic fascination students have of science, during weeks like this is vital. Dedicated staff have delivered lessons that, judging by the response, our students will remember for many years to come. Topics such as plastic invoke so much passion and empathy from young people and it is crucial that as educators, we help our students understand the consequences that humans actions are having on the planet. Only by inspiring change will the next generation make positive difference in the future”.