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A whale-sized statement on waste

23 June 2019

Girls and staff at Sutton High School have created two life-sized whale murals made out of used plastic bags to raise awareness of the need to protect the natural world.

Prep School girls creating Baguette

The project was led by our Eco Club and Dr Bartalini, who started the project in May as part of our school Maker Week. Their aim was to bring together the whole of Senior School and Sixth Form with a major DIT (Do It Together) project that would also make a powerful statement about single-use plastics.

Baggy the Whale was created at lunchtimes during Maker Week, with hundreds of girls and staff getting involved. You can watch a timelapse below showing the team in action.

The finished whale made for a colourful and eye-catching display in the middle of our school grounds, and inspired Prep School girls to ask: can we make one?! And so, after the May half term, girls from Nursery to Year 6 set to work on a baby whale to join Baggy. 

Assisted by Eco Club and our Sixth From Liaison Prefect, Katie, the Prep School girls made quick progress to ensure that the baby whale, 'Baguette', was ready in time to mark World Ocean Day and World Environment Day.

What's next for Baggy and Baguette? Our Eco Club is using them to inspire students at local primary schools, who have already started creating their own versions of our whales to play their part in protecting the planet.

Baggy and Baguette finished