We are delighted to have recently received our fantastic Eco penguin sculpture, designed by Jacha Potgieter and built by local blacksmith Gerallt Evans.
The sculpture was inspired by Jacha’s impressive rhino sculpture in Betws y Coed, which is a community art project to raise awareness of the problems and dangers facing rhinos in the world.
Jacha visited Rydal Penrhos a few years ago to talk about his work with the charity Orangutan Appeal UK and to highlight the problems facing orang-utans in Malaysia and Indonesian Borneo.
Following his visit, a competition was held to design the school sculpture and the winning design of a penguin by Tilly Trueman was chosen.
The Eco Committee then held numerous cakes stalls to raise funds to pay for the sculpture to be constructed and they were delighted with the support from the pupils, parents and staff in their fundraising initiatives.
Now that the sculpture is in place, it will be filled with the plastic lids from bottles such as milk cartons, juice bottles and water bottles.
The children will be able to bring in clean plastic lids of any colour from home, which will then be collected by the Eco Committee for counting before being put in the sculpture.
We hope that the sculpture will help to raise awareness of the problem of plastic in the environment, in particular our world oceans, and the need to recycle and reuse plastic.
Most importantly, we hope it will help everyone understand the importance of reducing our use of plastic by finding sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives.
Thank you to everyone for their support in this project and to Jacha and Gerallt for making such an amazing sculpture for the school.
Mrs J Woodthorpe
Eco Committee leader