A Lesson On Plastic Pollution

Dainfern College put an inventive spin on their Swimathon annual fundraiser. They wanted to highlight plastic pollution, so they added plastic bottles into their swimming pool before the swimathon.

In line with the Dainfern College Foundation’s aim to ‘multiply our impact on the world around us,’ they had the school collect as many plastic bottles as possible. These were then thrown into the pool before the Grade 4-7 pupils swam, to raise awareness of all the plastic in our oceans threatening our sea life. The Grade 8 students were then tasked with cleaning up the pool afterward.

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Plastic bottles are affecting our oceans and the environment, leaving a path of destruction where all living beings are affected. That is why the Dainfern College Foundation and Student Head of Environmental Affairs, Stella Ritsito, decided to do something bold to bring their student’s attention to the damage created by our consumption of plastic. As much as 40% of the world oceans are heavily affected by human activities, including pollution, depleted fisheries, and loss of coastal habitat. 

The Dainfern College Foundation was thrilled that Dainfern College teachers used this experience to highlight that we are the only ones who can control the outcomes on our planet and that we have the power to change ourselves for the better. Dainfern College, who are proudly part of Round Square, has placed a major emphasis on Environmentalism as an integral part of the education they offer and believe that all, regardless of their field of study and work, should encompass having a holistic approach to our environment.


Dainfern College recently withdrew the use of plastic straws at the tuck shop and will continue this path as they find ways to combat the single-use plastic problem that we face globally. The Dainfern College Foundation is in the process of selecting beneficiaries for the plastic drive and will continue their efforts to raise awareness through amazing initiatives with its students.

Great to see such initiative and environmental consciousness growing in our schools with amazing initiatives like this one.  See our article on this Plastic Protestor and the Surfer’s Pledge. 


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Author: Reporter @ Amanzi

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