MP meets OCPPA pupils fighting plastic pollution

  23 March, 2022

Children at Ormiston Cliff Park Primary Academy (OCPPA) were extremely excited to be visited by local MP Brandon Lewis to discuss plastic pollution.

The Year 3 pupils have been learning about plastic in the ocean and its impact on the environment and marine life. This is as part of wider learning the class has been doing on the environment, recycling, and littering.

They decided to write letters to their local MP, Mr Lewis, to share what they’d learnt and ask how he could help in his position as a Member of Parliament.

Mr Lewis paid a visit to the academy and listened to some of the children’s letters, before discussing how they can support with efforts to tackle environmental challenges.

He was so impressed with the letters that he has passed them on to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Minister George Eustice. The children are eagerly awaiting his reply.

Pupils were also interested to learn about Mr Lewis’s love of gardening, and the MP has agreed to come back to the academy and plant a tree on site.

Meanwhile, there was a chance to share the work pupils are undertaking to help the environment, and they talked about the plans for a Woodland Walk Project that the Environment and School Council are currently working on.

Alongside discussing environmental topics, Mr Lewis’s visit was an opportunity for pupils to learn about the role of an MP in British society and what that looks like as a day-to-day job.

Kate Rutherford, principal said:“It was really exciting for our pupils to have the opportunity to meet with Mr Lewis and share their thoughts on the actions that need to be taken regarding the ongoing damage to the ocean.

“At our academy, it’s very important to us that pupils are encouraged to learn about the wider world around them and advocate for what they believe in. Our pupils in Year 3 are a fantastic example of how young people can make a real impact when they put their minds to it.”

Rt. Hon. Brandon Lewis CBE, MP for Great Yarmouth said: “It was lovely to visit the excellent Ormiston Cliff Park Primary Academy and hear from pupils their concerns about the environment and the ocean. They spoke passionately, and I was really impressed with their knowledge. I therefore agreed to pass their concerns directly to the Secretary of State, and also to the leader of GYBC.” 

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