This year, 18 Bodmin College 6thform students, alongside their BTEC Work Skills qualification, have successfully achieved their Your Shore Beach Rangers Bronze Award. With Brender Willmott’s support in organising activities and specialist trainers, the students have experienced workshops including diet and nutrition along with mental and physical well-being. They have also enjoyed surfing, rock pooling and coastal walking over the last 12 months. Furthermore, 4 year 13 students have successfully achieved their emergency first aid certificate prior to entering employment – a fantastic boost to their CV.
As part of the environmental element, the groups have taken part in beach cleans at Par Sands and Porthpean alongside learning about the impact of plastic ending up in our oceans. Items collected were identified and the data was used as part of the Marine Conservation Society Great British Beach Clean Weekend held in September last year.
From this, the students were inspired to consider the college’s environment and wanted to put steps in place to make improvements. Research and investigations followed and the groups have taken part in visits to the local recycling facility in Bodmin as well as the Energy Recovery Centre in St Dennis. Natalie Chard, senior community liaison manager for SUEZ, has also been instrumental in supporting the project and SUEZ have recently donated reusable cups to all Year 12 students in a drive to reduce waste as well as an incentive to get money off from high street coffee houses!
A whole host of ideas and initiatives are being discussed across the college with local community groups and local businesses culminating in a newly formed Eco-Committee. Bodmin College have recently signed up to the Foundation for the Environment and Education Eco-Schools programme, with the aim to gain Eco-Schools Bronze status by the end of the year. This will be achieved by forming the Eco-Committee, putting together an environmental review and creating an action plan with steps in place.
Alison Perrin, Bodmin College’s Work Skills Tutor said;
“The Your Shore Project has been the inspiration for Bodmin College to work towards becoming an Eco-School. Through the activities and workshops organised by Brender and her team, the students have really been the driving force for improving our environmental commitment– it will be quite the legacy for them.”