A group of 25 students from across all age groups have made a Jellyfish out of recycled materials. The jellyfish hanging from the atrium at John Cabot Academy, was constructed during the students enrichment programme.

They started this eco-friendly project by studying plastics in the world’s oceans. They all feel very passionate about the impact that used plastic is having on their local environment so they constructed the model out of used plastic bottles to show the impact non reusable single use plastics have.

The bottles were collected at the Academy and some were brought from home, the Jellyfish took two terms to construct during their 50 minute lessons. During this time the group also led a campaign to highlight these issues to other students across their Academy.

Emma Dennehy, Textiles and Food Technician said, “I think it is really important to enrich students’ education about our fragile eco system alongside traditional educational subjects. It is really important to give them an understating of the damage plastic can have on their local and national environment. The students have not only educated their peers on this environmental issue but have been able to develop their skills in team work, research and problem solving. By using this creative project to create a powerful sculpture combined with their knowledge of environmental issues it is a powerful tool in educating their peers. I would also like to thank Lorene Archibald, Student Support Lead who assisted with this project.”

Laura Kerswell, JCA student involved in the project said, “In the enrichment activity ‘Plastics of the ocean’, we hoped to raise awareness about how much our ocean is in danger. What the problem is with our oceans is there is too much rubbish, not just plastic effecting our ecosystem. Bioaccumulation is where plastic breaks down into little particles which is mistaken for food by small fish and therefore it gets into our food chain leading to us consuming plastic.”