Noremarsh Junior School pupils help clean up their neighbourhood 

By Barrie Hudson - 21 June 2021

CommunityEducationPrimary

Torrential rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of Year 6 pupils from Noremarsh Junior School as they picked up litter in Royal Wootton Bassett.

The pupils, aged 10 and 11, borrowed litter pickers and rubbish rings from the Royal Wootton Bassett Environmental Group and spent several hours picking up litter from pavements, pathways and in Noremarsh Park.

The initiative was part of the school's Forest Fridays, which have been running throughout the current term. 

Forest Fridays aim to support the pupils’ learning by enjoying being outdoors, promoting teamwork and cooperation with others, and having a positive impact on their environment.

Headteacher Andy Simpson said that despite the grim weather the litter picking session was a huge success, and that 64 pupils took part.

He added: “They had to face some very heavy downpours and gusts of wind, but we didn’t hear a word of complaint from any of them, and we had some lovely feedback from the local residents saying what a good job they were doing and how community spirited it was. 

“The time spent in the classroom is obviously very important for pupils, but it is equally important that they experience time outside, in the environment where they and the rest of the community live. 

"If our young citizens can learn how we all have a responsibility to care for the planet that is our home, we have a far better chance of the next adult generation treating the environment with the respect it deserves.”

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